Hello everyone. I would like to share my opinion with you on whether space exploration is really worth the cost. Different people have different opinions so I may not be entirely right according to your opinion. Alright, let's begin discussing!
As you may have noticed in your previous lessons that most of the prices or machinery is at really expensive prices. Our space station is worth the world's population 200 times (7.7 million but is 8 million rounded to the nearest whole number) which is $160,000,000,000! It may be helpful to track down what is happening in space and can avoid many problems such as:
- Paying £250,000 to go into space to investigate ourselves
- Investigating by ourselves can cause death
- Even rocket failure can occur and is another cause of death
- Oxygen levels may finish
- You could get stuck in Saturn's rings!
- If danger is ahead we will not have to face it
Etcetera. But it's not only the space station that's pricey. Every object sent into space costs (on average) £15,000 per kg so, for example, Saturn V, an object that has been imported into space, is 140614kg which is about £2,200,000,000! In my opinion, it is very bad for the environment to build such big objects which are a big impact on carbon, which is heating our world up. Shouldn't we be focusing on more Earth problems like climate change or world hunger and poverty, rather than parking another rover on Mars? Space exploration is VERY expensive but who says space exploration can’t help with them? Satellites are helping us monitor climate change, and they are also helping us to keep tabs on droughts and helpful resources in some of the world’s poorest countries.
In the near year, 2030 ( When we'll be 20 or 21) Nasa will be assigning ordinary people -like me and you- to go into space. I personally think it's illogic because they are wasting time space and money on people that do not know a thing about space. I personally think this is outrageous and we should send qualified astronauts into space.
Space exploration is not only expensive but we may be leaking our civilization to others. The idea of finding alien life has been a concept explored in the medium of fiction for more than a century. There is something interesting about the idea that we aren't alone in the universe. Knowledge could come with a price- ut we don't know if it is good or bad. This may sound extravagant, but if people- well if we find out that the is another form of life other than animals then we may have an alien invasion. The likeliness of this to happen is very narrow. If a smarter civilization came across one of the gold-plated records on the Voyager crafts and decided they wanted our resources, we might be unable to stop them. Meaning, we should keep our friends close, but our enemies closer.
Also, exploring space can leave a lot of litter behind. Leaving 17,852 artificial objects in space. This probably isn't about global warming you may say but global warming is only on Earth- well as far as we can confirm. But wouldn't it be more dangerous and unhealthier to leave excess debris behind on space along with the 5,250,000,000,000- and that's only in the ocean, so referring to maths here: 5.25 trillion + 17,852= 5,250,000,017,852: this is the total junk that's in space and earth. Adding the extra 2, 120,000 then we will have 5,252,137,852. That's approximately by doing some maths the total rubbish in our galaxy- as much as we can confirm. The debris also orbits our planet up 17,500 miles an hour which can cause serious damage as it is a large impact.
Not only can launching people (and things!) into space can be expensive; It is also a big impact on the sources we need today, and sadly Mother Earth can't provide enough of the sources we need and not quickly enough- up to 5 million years to fully restore itself meaning it has nearly restored itself from our users over 1,000 times!
There also is a very low chance that there is anything worth much in space. However, there has been a coincidence where a scientist discovered an asteroid worth $100 trillion! Although the USA has brought back many rocks and has inherited no profit from it.
Although, space exploration does work internationally so if we were to carry on we may be able to solve the Hong Kong crisis-maybe. They also forbid placing any weapon of destruction, installing them on the moon, or any other location in space. The treaty also disallows any nation from claiming a celestial resource as a national appropriation. So luckily, they care about justice and equality.
Humans are currently stuck to one planet. Something could happen that could change the environment of the planet, it would have the ability to wipe out the entire human species? A large asteroid or even a shift in the planet's climate could d worry humanity. Space exploration gives us the chance to begin analyzing other locations, giving us hope that our species can survive. Maybe alongside with having different countries, we could have different planets. Like a trip to your aunt's; you are going to a different planet. Then again not much family's income payments are more than enough so it would be very unlikely.
The technologies that were created and made were possible because space exploration has helped to shape and are an important part of who we are today. Advances in computing, artificial intelligence, and manufacturing must happen as well.
So, what do you think of Space exploration? Maybe with the help of international Telecommunication then we could venture deeper into space and it could be a way of life.