Is visiting the moon again worth it?

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Is visiting the moon again worth it?

Yes. Visiting the moon would be a great achievement and would mark 50 years since the first successful journey to the moon and back. But is it worth going back? We have already visited and found nothing, if they was something of significance on the moon (other than rock) then that would be a valid point for revisiting. Thus far there is nothing worth gathering from the moon that will aid scientific research and the visit would burn a hole in the US's pocket. The Apollo 11 spacecraft cost approximately 25 billion USD, but today it will cost a greater amount due to inflation rates.

Lets just say it costs $25,000,000,000. The US could use that money for the wellfare of the American people. There are a lot of problems within the US citizens' lives that could easily be resolved with 25 billion dollars at their disposal. Healthcare is currently not free, that is something they could invest in.

In conclusion, revisiting the moon isnt worth it. The cost would easily be used to improve peoples lives and will have a better use than revisiting a barren planet.

Comments (10)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    12 Nov 2019

    Excellent reasons given in answer to a very interesting question. I look forward to seeing what other people think and whether you can be open-minded in your response to them.

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  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy free_iceberg | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
    12 Nov 2019

    There are many conspiracy theorists that believe the original moon landing was a hoax and that we never actually visited the moon as afterward all equipment was destroyed and original footage was 'lost' according to NASA. If this was true wouldn’t the question be, is it worth visiting the moon? Even though it would be a nice way to mark the supposed moon landing by trying to go back I don’t think we should visit the moon in the near future as the cost would not be beneficial along side the rest of the problems around the world that money could benefit. In the future the price of the technology needed may decrease meaning it would be more beneficial and could make a profit if anything new is discovered or retrieved.

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  • Hillyfield School logo triumphant_performance | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    14 Nov 2019

    yes I think visiting the moon again would be great but I do not think it is a good idea to have a tour in space though

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    14 Nov 2019

    I THINK REVISITING THE MOON WOULD NOT BE WORTH IT. I AGREE WITH FREE ICEBERG ON THE FACT THAT THE MONEY WHICH WOULD BE USED TO FUND IT COULD INSTEAD GO TO THE HOMELESS, THE DEVASTATINGLY POOR AND ALSO COULD BE GIVEN TO CHARITY WHO WOULD USE THE MONEY 'PROPERLY.'
    AS MUCH AS REVISITING THE MOON WOULD DISCOVER A MULTITUDE OF MORE BRILLIANT, EXCITING AND AMAZING FACTS AND STATISTICS ABOUT EARTH'S 'NATURAL SATELLITE' IT SEEMS THOUGH NASA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE WORK WHICH NEEDS TO BE DONE ON THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE PLANET THAT WE CALL HOME. THE PLANET WHICH WE OWE OUR LIVES TOO.

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    14 Nov 2019

    {Sorry for the typo. Should be 'to', not 'too'.}

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

    I disagree with passionate_wilddog. Although any space exploration is expensive, returning to the moon again is really important.

    Passionate wilddog says, “We’ve already visited and found nothing” and uses this to argue that there’s no point going back. But that’s just like saying that by visited the UK you know what the entire Earth is like. It’s not as if humans are just going to go back to the parts of the moon they’ve already visited. So far, we’ve only visited a couple of tiny areas of the moon. The next planned adventure on the lunar surface will be to unchartered territory, so who knows what we might find.

    Returning to the moon is about science. We can’t possibly expect to learn everything about the moon in a single visit. There is a lot we still don’t know. For example, the analysis of magnetized lunar samples has left scientists perplexed as it suggests that the Moon must have had a strong magnetic field at some point. Now that technology has improved, another visit to the moon to collect more samples might give scientists some idea what happened in the moon’s past.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg patient_parrot | Noel Park Primary School
    15 Nov 2019

    I read an article, which gives both sides of the argument (http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=10858)

    On the yes side of the argument, it lists three reasons: science, resources and inspiration. Let’s look at each of these reasons in more detail.

    Science
    Lunar landscapes can be confusing, so astronauts need to walk and work on them to recognize which rock samples to collect and analyse to get the best understanding of the moon properly. Robots can only do so much; it takes human intelligence and expert knowledge to truly unravel the mysteries of the moon.

    In addition, the moon has mountain peaks in almost-permanent sunlight near the dark craters of the moon's poles. Scientists believe (although they don’t know for sure) that ice may be found in these craters. And where there is ice, there may well be life…

    Resources
    Interestingly, the moon contains material and energy resources that could be used as fuel for future trips to planets beyond Earth. It is only by visiting the moon that we will be able to access these resources. Oxygen, as I’m sure you’re aware, is a really important resource and the lunar surface is full of it, being more than 40% oxygen by weight. Yes, we need it be breathe but from a resource point of view it is an essential component of rocket propellant. This could turn the moon into one of space’s first petrol stations! Useful, right?!

    Inspiration
    The more we know about the moon, the more likely we will be to develop the skills needed to live and work somewhere else in the universe.

    On the no side of the argument, some scientists believe that there are more important places to visit in space and that mars should be the ultimate goal rather than just returning to the moon. Scientists believe Mars once had abundant liquid water on its surface, so it could have been, and may still be, a home for life.

    Like the moon, Mars also has resources we could use for example, carbon, nitrogen and concentrated mineral ore. Mars could, therefore, be a place where humans could possible end up living. We could never live on the moon, so I understand why some scientists may want to focus their efforts and money on exploring a possible future home.

    In conclusion, I believe that we should definitely visit the moon again. I see visits to Mars being somewhere in our future but visiting in the moon is a possibility right now and there is still so much we have to learn…

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      patient_parrot's comment 15 Nov 2019

      You have categorised your reasons which have made them easier to follow! What is the main reason that has made you come down on one side in your conclusion?

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg emotional_cherry | Noel Park Primary School
    15 Nov 2019

    I do think that there is more to explore on the moon, but why can’t we send robotic probes rather than having to return with humans? This would mean that we could focus on preparing astronauts for visiting Mars, which NASA has said is their next goal, whilst also continuing to investigate the mysteries of the moon. Wouldn't this be the best of both worlds?

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  • Hammond School logo active_poem | Hammond Junior School D
    21 Nov 2019

    i think yes because we can do are research and no more about space and things that could be in space like insect,temperature and much more.

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