Should the government invest more money into space exploration?

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We already have explored almost every corner of the Earth and migrated there. But time is coming and so it is our foe. We need a new planet to call home and to explore. It is the urge within us. Already scientists such as Stephen hawking are suggesting we must migrate to other planets or the human race may not even survive a 1000 years if we do not migrate.

Now for those saying there is chaos on Earth and that we should tend to it first. I say then what if we fail? What if we dig ourselves deeper into the trouble. We should spend more on space so we can find potential worlds to live on. Also, there are risks such as the huge amounts of methane trapped under the seafloor. At any moment an old ww2 sea mine could go off or even a nuclear bomb test could result in all the methane to escape and be released into the atmosphere (keeping in mind that methane can trap heat 5 times MORE efficiently than carbon dioxide) It wouldn't take long for most of us to die due to the heat trapped. A backup planet doesn't sound so much worse now does it?

Also, don't you get that feeling of excitement and curiosity what's out there in the vast regions of space? From aliens to new planets, black holes, white holes, wormholes to even a tear in the fabric of space? Truly the universe is an exciting place and I for one want to explore it and uncover the mysteries it has created.

Space exploration is a better use of money than the military is. The government spends lots and lots of money on the military (in the billions), on getting better guns, better air forces, better weapons. It's a much better use of their money to explore what we don't know. It's part of our education, learning about things we don't know. We don't know what's out, millions of miles away. Why not reduce the military budget, just a little bit, and explore more? It wouldn't even cost as much to explore as it would spend on the military.

On the downside, lots of children are suffering from diseases. Some people are losing their shelters by too much rain or other natural disasters. These problems can't be solved by just a group of people. We have to solve the problems on our planet first before we explore other planets where no living organisms are living.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School dedicated_pigeon | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Dec 2019

    Thank you inspired_football I thought long and hard about this.

    No:
    They shouldn’t invest more money in space exploration because there are struggles happening on earth like climate change. See that is something we should invest money on because forest are burning down, it is getting hotter, ice berg are falling off and latest volcanos are erupting(killing innocent people).

    Yes:
    On the other hand, they should invest because we don’t know what is out there, there might be new life form, water even new food, so there are my reasons.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School placid_earth | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Dec 2019

    Space exploration
    For many years we have explored space here is my opinion
    I feel the whole world could become a healthy planet again. So I feel we should have a slight pay rise in helping space exploration and help the earth to discover something to resolve Global Warming 🌍.

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    1. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_football | Phoenix Primary School
      placid_earth's comment 25 Jan 2020

      very nice but we will need everyone's help

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School reliable_fig | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Dec 2019

    I think we should explore space because if what people are saying is true (we may have to move planets) then I am all for it! One of my concerns is that if we have to move to mars it’s colder than earth because it’s further away from the sun so people used to the hot weather, for example, Australia, America, Africa, Egypt and Asia the cold would come as a shock to the. But if us Brits were to move to Venus it would be far to hot for us so we would find it hard to survive. Also we haven’t even been to mars yet so who knows when we will get there.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      reliable_fig's comment 09 Dec 2019

      I think Venus would be far too hot for anyone! Can you find out the temperature there?

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      1. Lyons Hall Primary School reliable_fig | Lyons Hall Primary School B
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 09 Dec 2019

        the temperature currently on Venus is 462 degrees Celsius.

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      2. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_football | Phoenix Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 25 Jan 2020

        the reason venus is hot is because the carbon dioxide traps fumes

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  • Hammond School logo trustful_lemon | Hammond Junior School C
    09 Dec 2019

    I think the government should invest more money into space exploration because, space is massive it is endless there is going to be all sorts of stuff out there that could probably help the surviving of human. What I mean by stuff is technology, other living species or even another planet that is suitable for humans to live on! In conclusion, I think that I have made it clear that the government should invest more money into space exploration.

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  • Hammond School logo courageous_fern | Hammond Junior School A
    09 Dec 2019

    I don't think the government should spend more money on space exploration because schools and the NHS to just name a few really need more money instead of spending it on space exploration. We need to sort out Earth before space. Also, we don't have the right to destroy other planets aswell as Earth.

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg frank_chocolate | Highdown School
    09 Dec 2019

    Personally, I think that we should not stop space exploration because it could give us a planet b but we should not focus as much on it; we should dial back how much time and money is spent on it but continue to explore. We (on earth) are in such a crisis at the moment and I think it is worth trying to see if we can possibly survive on another planet. However I think that we should split the money and time spent on space exploration and also focus on mending our earth.

    However, I think if we carry on exploring and digging in space and begin to do the same on earth, we might destroy our resources and make the problem even worse. Like scientists have said before, there is no obvious planet b available at the moment and if we contribute to even more destruction on earth, humans may not live another 20 years. I do have a question though, if scientists never find a planet b will humans just have to accept our fate? I have been wondering for a while. I myself would treasure the time I have left and make the most of it. What would you do?

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      frank_chocolate's comment 09 Dec 2019

      A good set of reasons, frank_chocolate. What do you think our fate is?

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      1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg frank_chocolate | Highdown School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 09 Dec 2019

        I'm not specifically sure what our fate is but I think that in 20 years' time humanity will be close to extinction if we don't do something about climate change soon. I also think that if there are extraterrestrial beings in space, then they might get angry that we are also destroying space too and come down to earth and attack us. That is, of course, if aliens are human-like and can have strong feelings towards something.

        To be honest I am quite sceptical that aliens will actually attack. We have spent so much time exploring space and not found anything yet; I think humanity needs to stop being so consumed by finding aliens and just accept that we are in the midst of the Holocene extinction (the 6th mass extinction) and treasure the time that we have left on earth. In answer to your question, humanity's fate is extinction and so far, research shows there is no planet b for us to live on eventually. We must do something to change our future.

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        1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
          frank_chocolate's comment 10 Dec 2019

          Excellent demonstration of scepticism, well done! Can you develop your reasoning and give further explanation as to why you think our time on Earth is limited?

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          1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg frank_chocolate | Highdown School
            Olivia @ the BNC's comment 10 Dec 2019

            Our time on earth is limited because humans are wrecking it and its natural resources. The average temperature of the Earth is rising at nearly twice the rate it was 50 years ago. This rapid warming trend cannot be explained by natural cycles alone, scientists have concluded. The only cause of this global warming is the emissions of greenhouse gases.

            Current levels of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide in our atmosphere are higher than at any point over the past 800,000 years; they have the ability to trap heat and this then causes global warming.

            Furthermore, greenhouse gas effects come from many aspects of human life such as the electricity and heat that we give off from homes, this counts for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation which counts for 14% of the gas emissions. If we don't cut back on how much we use cars or how much electricity we use in our homes, the greenhouse gas emissions will keep causing more heating of the earth. It is this heating up that causes wildfires, species to die out, and natural disasters, it will continue to get worse until the earth is too hot that humans can't survive or we die out in these increasing natural disasters. These are just some of the ways in which our time on earth is limited. Others include, humans consuming small amounts of microplastics in food or drinks (which is unhealthy and is caused by the rubbish in our oceans) and diseases becoming increasingly common. Some parts of the world don't have access to healthcare or clean water.
            This is why I think our time on earth is limited.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    10 Dec 2019

    On the one hand, I think that the government shouldn’t invest money to go to Mars because with Climate Change on the rise, we could use this money to plant more trees and save the planet without having to move. I also think that it would save a lot of money too.

    On the other hand, we could build a rocket to go to Mars and see if the theory about water on Mars is true and if Climate Change gets worse or doesn’t work in the 11 years we have, we could maybe live on Mars.

    In conclusion, using open mindedness and scepticism, I believe that we should focus on Climate Change and leave going to Mars to the future.

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  • Hammond School logo charming_studio | Hammond Junior School B
    10 Dec 2019

    I am not sure what we should do but within the next century I think humans will be close excstinction so I think we should not go up to space and act now and deal with climate change to save our planet and our selfs

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg frank_chocolate | Highdown School
      charming_studio's comment 10 Dec 2019

      I also believe this. We must fight for our future. It is better to try and to fail than to not try at all and get nowhere, isn't it?

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    2. Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_football | Phoenix Primary School
      charming_studio's comment 25 Jan 2020

      we can start sending rockets out later when all of our climate change crisis is gone or when rockets are safer for the environment

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School candid_guava | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    10 Dec 2019

    what if our species died out?

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  • Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
    13 Dec 2019

    I agree inspired_football I think we should not carry on with space exploration as it cost a lot of money and we don't need to know about space we should be using the money for other stuff on earth not somewhere we do not live in.Thats why space exploration should be banned

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