Do we have a duty to explore space?

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Do we have a duty to explore space?

People would usually describe a 'duty' as something we have to do. Like a responsibility or an obligation.

Try to give reasons for your answer - for example these might be to do with making the best of our abilities, or how important our duty to explore space is compared to other duties we might have.

If we do have a duty to explore space - who is that duty to? Is it us, to space, to future generations, or something / someone else?

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg radical_reality | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    29 Oct 2019

    I think it is our duty because we need to see what is out there, and we are kind of a part of space .In space and anything can happen so we need to see whats coming .

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg efficient_information | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    29 Oct 2019

    Personally i do not think it is our duty to explore space yet as right now our planet is sunk in devastation an we need to act and react to this crisis

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      efficient_information's comment 31 Oct 2019

      Would it have been our duty if the planet was not sunk in devastation?

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    29 Oct 2019

    I don't think it is our duty to explore space but we just chose to and it isn't necessary. However, exploring space is very helpful as we can see what planets we could go to after earth becomes unhabitable. Also, there are more pressing matters on our planet rather than in space. So no, it isn't our duty to explore space.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg skillful_passionfruit | Graveney School
    29 Oct 2019

    To be honest, I don't think it's our duty to explore space as, like succinct_ leaves says, we already have enough on our plate as it is . I do think space is a fascinating subject to learn about, and I absolutely love stars, but there is always a possibility that the exploration results are negative or the equipment might be faulty - resulting in the loss of money. If it was at a later date (when whether to have Brexit is finally decided ) then I would have definitely said yes, but in the current situation, I'd have to say no.

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_raccoon | New Horizons Children's Academy
    29 Oct 2019

    Our duty is to explore space because we need to find out the future to be safe and be prepared to leave our planet because of climate change. We have to explore space it is really important to our future , without space we would not know about the important people that discovered things in there; like the moon. Also, if space wasn't our duty we would of not find out about the sun, moon(s), stars, planets and more.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      memorable_raccoon's comment 31 Oct 2019

      Good speaking up here, memorable_raccoon. What else have we discovered in space that you think is important?

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      1. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_raccoon | New Horizons Children's Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 07 Nov 2019

        The thing(s) that we discovered which I think is important is Black holes and meteors.
        Black holes
        The reason why I think Blackholes are important is that one day there might be one in a few thousand, billion or million years. so it is our duty to explore it in the future. (The sun won't turn into a Blackhole now because it is too small)
        Meteors
        Meteors are important to us because if one lands on Earth it might damage it but it won't fall. Fortunately, between 90 and 95 per cent of meteors don't survive the fall through the Earth's atmosphere to produce meteorites, Moorhead explained. This is because most meteorites are believed to come from comets, which are more fragile than asteroids.

        There is more to discover but these are the ones that I know mainly.

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        1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
          memorable_raccoon's comment 07 Nov 2019

          Good reasons given - well done!

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    29 Oct 2019

    In my opinion, it is not our duty to go and explore space. These are my reasons.
    We do not need to. Although it is fun and educational to do this, it is not a severe part of human life.You could say that it gives us knowledge of other life, and what things need to survive, but we aren't forced to. This brings me on my second point, we do it by choice.This means that we are not forced, or made to go out and spend money on space, but we decide we want to go out and spend money on it.

    Space is not our duty, it is our choice to explore it.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      entertaining_strawberry's comment 31 Oct 2019

      You have spoken up with authority here! Can something be our choice and our duty at the same time though?

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      1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 01 Nov 2019

        In reply to you’re question, yes. Something can be our duty and choice at the same time. This brings me back to one of our past sessions, the world in danger. I believe that this is our duty, but different people choose whether to help or not. I still think that it is not our duty to explore space, but we can choose to do it.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_blackberry | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Nov 2019

    I was reading about the idea of extraterrestrial environmental ethics, which basically asks the question should we care about the universe beyond how it affects us as humans? In opinion, we definitely should and there are two main reasons I think this. The first reason is that we have a duty to access resources that are scare here on Earth. The second reason and, for me, the most important one is that we have a responsibility to think about the future of the human race. If there was ever a crisis where the Earth was destroyed or, for example, if global warming continued to the point where the Earth is no longer habitable, humans would need to have somewhere else to live if they were going to survive as a species. Although this probably (and hopefully!) won’t happen in my lifetime, I believe we are still responsibility for what happens to future generations. Entertaining_strawberry says that we do not need to explore space but I disagree. At some point, humans will need to move on from Earth and without exploring space there is no chance of finding a new home.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      brilliant_blackberry's comment 01 Nov 2019

      This is a very interesting point. brilliant_blackberry. Do you think exploring possible new worlds will make people give up on our current planet - even subconsciously?

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    2. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
      brilliant_blackberry's comment 05 Nov 2019

      I see how you have disagreed with my opinion, and you state that we might need to find a backup planet. In my mind, I think that there are better things to look for than a backup planet that will cost billions of money and time. The consequences that come with this are, getting humans used to this planet. Unless we find a planet that is exactly like Earth, it would be hard to get humans used to the changes without changing ourselves. It would also be very expensive, way more than 100 billion dollars. So, if we use that money to fix the things on Earth, we won't need a backup planet!

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        entertaining_strawberry's comment 05 Nov 2019

        Good reasoning here, entertaining_strawberry!

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_hen | Noel Park Primary School
    02 Nov 2019

    In my opinion, sometimes, it is our duty to explore space, as there may be some other astronauts in different planets, or maybe there could be some new constellations or planets that us, humans can explore. Though, some people prefer to explore the space with a team, in case something happens to them and they need to be rescued. Also there may be a different way to live in other planets that scientists have never heard of and they want to se it and take samples of that place to learn more about it.

    On the other hand, space exploration could also be a waste of time and money, as we learned earlier this week that it would take millions of pounds to just send 2 or 3 people to space, while the money that is spent could be used on other useful things such as charities or any dissesses. It would also be a huge waste of time (literally) as in space the time gets quicker by the speed. Also, it would take lots of resources and knowledge to learn different techniques. You would also only be able to go if you had been trained to be an astronaut and you would be willing to take the chance of dying. You would have to be willing to take the chances of death because many things could happen on space, such as:
    1. Your space suit could break and you could lose oxygen.
    2. You could go really fast and your spaceship could catch on fire.
    3. You can freeze to death.
    And much more ways to cause your death.

    In conclusion, I think that it is not our duty to explore space, because scientists can try and sent somebody’s family member Ito outer space and the can never come back. So, in my opinion, it is better if future generations search outer space as it could be much safer then. Even if it is not, the amount of money that we use to send a miserable amount of people into space is a disgraceful amount! So, in conclusion, I think it is best to wait some more time to do any further exploration into outer space

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg logical_banana | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    03 Nov 2019

    I don't think it's our duty to explore space because of all the smoke the rockets emit into the environment.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg logical_banana | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    03 Nov 2019

    And our planet is sunk in deep devastation and we need to act to solve the crisis that is currently ongoing or else we shouldn't even think of going into space

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  • Chestnut Park logo splendid_badger | Chestnut Park Primary School
    04 Nov 2019

    I think that the duty is for the future and to study . I think the duty is for the future because in the future we will know that there is more to the world than Earth. Also that there so much more things to explore in the world . I think to study because we know more about the world even outside the atmosphere.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Nov 2019

    I think it is a natural thing to want to explore and understand the universe that we are a part of. However, we have caused so many problems on this planet and our species is in danger because of it. I think we should be concentrating on solving the problems we have on Earth before we spend millions of pounds and time on exploring space. We have only discovered a small amount of the oceans on Earth, we have no idea what is there that can help our survival.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      buzzing_atom's comment 05 Nov 2019

      Can you be specific and give some examples of the types of problems we have caused? Doing so will help to support the reasons you give for your point of view.

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      1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 05 Nov 2019

        The types of problems that have been caused are climate change,pollution,plastic in the ocean and ice melting in the arctic.I think we should concentrate on solving these before we even think about going to space.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg focused_maths | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Nov 2019

    In my opinion i think its not our duty to explore space sins its dangerous and we have reached space before and if we spend all our money on a spacecraft to put on the moon it would eventually run out of air so instead of putting a spacecraft on the moon we just could spend it on getting rid of litter in the sea.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Nov 2019

    I think that exploring space is a choice because we have already got our world to save and we still have a lot of thing to do to help. Instead of searching for other planets that has good condition and maybe we could actually live on that planet, why don't we just save our planet instead going into space and waist our precious time that we can spend on our planet.

    I think searching space and finding new galaxies isn't our duty to do. Anyways, we have already found 4000 galaxies.The best choice is to help our planet first. What do you think?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_brain | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Nov 2019

    I don't think it is our duty to explore space at this momnet in time. I think that our duty is to look after the Earth befire we explore space. Once we've sorted out our planet we could explore space then. We should look at investing money in reversing climate change, cleaning the oceans, saving wildlife before we look for new homes in space. It is our duty to look after the world we have already.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      crafty_brain's comment 05 Nov 2019

      You've spoken up very clearly here, crafty_brain, and addressed the question directly. Do you think we will ever truly 'sort out' our planet?

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    2. Hammond School logo delightful_maths | Hammond Junior School D
      crafty_brain's comment 10 Nov 2019

      but thats why we need to see into space so if we found a planet like earth then if earth was polluted then we can move into it

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg talented_cookie | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    05 Nov 2019

    I think that it's not our duty to explore space right at this point in time. It's good that our knowledge knows a lot about other planets that could help us later in life but, our knowledge needs to know everything about our Earth as it is the planet that we have lived on for many years or even thousands. We need more exploration in our climate change, wildlife, oceans and of everything around us that scientists can't figure out. Some natural disasters may form in those areas of oceans that we haven't yet explored. We people just spend money on spacecraft to travel to a new destination and it's people's choice really if they want to spend money on a flight to discover a new area even though Earth hasn't been explored much yet. Our Earth is our home where we live on a daily basis and it's surprising how we gave up on searching it all.
    -talented_cookie

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg admirable_signature | Phoenix Primary School
    07 Nov 2019

    I believe that it is our duty to explore space currently.Human space exploration helps to address fundamental questions about our place in the Universe and the history of our solar system. Through addressing the challenges related to human space exploration we expand technology, create new industries, and help to foster a peaceful connection with other nations.

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  • Allerton-logo-250x250.jpg triumphant_tomato | Allerton High School
    07 Nov 2019

    I feel like its are duty to explore space but not yet we have to many problems such as pollution and going into space won't help but maybe in the future when we have fixed these problems we should because maybe we could find a cure for a disease which can save lots of people

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_meerkat | Michael Faraday School
    07 Nov 2019

    I think we do have the duty to explore space because we can find lots more useful things for us to use on earth. It is important as If something happens to the world we have a plan B

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg lucky_leaves | Upton Cross Primary School A
    07 Nov 2019

    I do not agree with the term 'duty' applies in relation to exploring space matters. There are far more important issues and duties we humans often overlook on our own planet due to the system of our lifestyle. However, I would also say that in space we can find lots of interesting things, and we could find life forms on other planets that millions of us are oblivious too. Man has discovered water on Mars, therefore I do believe there are other forms of life beyond our very own imagination. But it is not possible for people to travel to space like how one would travel to another city or country, it requires special superior level of intense training, examinations and lots of endurance. Therefore it is not a duty towards something we have no concrete knowledge about, especially as we are not inhabitants of space - we are earthlings, our main and utmost duty should be to tackle far important problems on earth, such as poverty, pollution, overpopulation of the country which has resulted in lack of homes for the real needy and citizens, lack of jobs for the genuine hardworking people, and needless to say, crime and violence has increased.
    please let us first focus on saving our own planet, fellow earthlings.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      lucky_leaves's comment 08 Nov 2019

      You've given a very clear reason that has connected the idea of duty and space - well done, lucky_leaves!

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      1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg lucky_leaves | Upton Cross Primary School A
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 08 Nov 2019

        Thank you for your positive feedback, Tom. I am happy to know you liked my comment.

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  • The Sherwood School curious_speech | The Sherwood School
    09 Nov 2019

    I think we should not have duty going to space because children haven’t finished education in the other hand I think we should put our duty on space because we want to learn more about space and how is like.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg charismatic_cherry | Graveney School
    09 Nov 2019

    I don't really think it is our duty as the planet does not belong to us and neither does the universe and we are just borrowing it from the future generations, but then again if we don't begin to explore space. who will because we don't know if there is anyone there? For our planet it is our duty but there may be many other civilisations out there exploring space trillions of miles away being totally different things that we expect as they probably have very different senses to touching, feeling and sight. Though space travel is very important there is also many other things that are our duty and we need to face head on. There are a few things we could do with 25 billion pounds that are much more useful. Like climate change, we may be stuck on the idea that we can save our planet and we need to find a new planet to live on but what we can do is slow climate change down as we will almost definitely not be able to find a planet for everyone to live on before climate change will be irreversible in approximately 11 years and kill a lot of innocent people. So, while exploring space is our duty, there are quite a few other duties that are much more important to mankind.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      charismatic_cherry's comment 11 Nov 2019

      An open-minded approach, charismatic_cherry. You've found a 'grey area' where something is our duty, but also isn't too!

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  • St Marys Whitstable logo dedicated_strawberry | St Mary's Catholic Primary School B
    10 Nov 2019

    I agree I think we do have duty because if some of us don’t explore space then something tragic could happen

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  • Hammond School logo delightful_maths | Hammond Junior School D
    10 Nov 2019

    YESS I do think it is our duty to explore space once we explored space we might send people into our universe

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