Space: why should we bother?

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The whole idea of space is pretty hard to get your head around. Just the thought of different planets, stars, rocks and even types of life not only in our solar system, but also in the whole of the universe, is enough to blow your mind. But, is it worth the risk, the work, the effort, or the money to explore further into the place that we live in?

Yes! We should go for it!

Curiosity is one of the main things that make our lives exciting. We can explore, adventure, ask questions, discover, and learn so much from speaking out. But if our questions are never answered, then what is the point of wondering? What is the point of thinking outside the box, other than to prove to your teacher that you know how to use a question mark? From the beginning of time, we have been asking questions, and finding answers, others we wouldn't know anything today! If we didn't ask why is this happening, or what is going on, then there would be no BNC to answer and debate on. Imagine if no one bothered to answer anything... And that might be the way that we go, not bothering to discover things about space might lead to not bothering to discover things about the Earth,and then not bothering to discover things about nature and then not bothering to discover things the ect. We don't want that for our society - humans are already lazy enough, and one day, learning about space may save us from problems and barriers humans have created. Space is amazing, and some people dedicate their life to exploring things out there. Should we really put a stop to their work, and forget about all they have discovered until this point? Should we really stop asking questions?

No! We must save our money for the things that really matter!

It is all very well saying that space is amazing and that it is the hope for our society and that it will save us from this and that, and that we should never stop asking questions and considering possibilities and that... However, think about what is happening, not in the universe, but on a much smaller scale. Think about what is happening to our WORLD. To what is happening to where we live! We need to protect the place that we live in now, not where we might in thousands of years time. If we always said " We'll just avoid that problem and go and do this, " not only would we be in need of answers to questions, but solutions to human made problems! How can we be expected to look after our whole solar system of we can't look after our planet? Also, we needed that money, time and effort for things that happen in our Earth. We need all the help we can get to solve problems that we have created. Also, why look up to the sky and explore and spend money up there... There is so much on our Earth that we haven't yet explored, why spend the money at on something unrealistic and far away.

My opinion.

While looking after our Earth is very important, I think that Space is so amazing and humans are so curious that it would be a shame not to explore. We have already discovered so much and spent SO much money on various things (e.g the International Space station, rockets, technology, scientists, data gathering) that it seems a shame to put a wall down and say "no more. We have spent too much money" . However, I think that it is important to look after what we have got, and not always say " we can use this when this runs out, and when that runs out we can use this. (An examples or of this might be of a child is always being careless with his/her possessions, and when one thing is lost or ruined, they just get replacement. However, one day, they may discover that they can't get more, either they came afford it or it is no longer available, or it is just not possible to get that anymore. Then the child would be stuck with lots of useless, broken possessions.)

Space travel is expensive, and not brilliant for the environment, but personally, I think it is worth it!

Comments (12)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    04 Nov 2019

    Hi impartial_panda_bear. We already have posts on whether we should explore space or stick to exploring Earth. Could you copy and paste this as a comment on this one: https://burnetnewsclub.com/issues/space-exploration/the-discussion/space-exploration-interesting-but-at-what-cost/

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School openminded_bee | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    05 Nov 2019

    i think we should because i wanna drink water in space

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School prodigious_eagle | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    05 Nov 2019

    yes space is expensive and i think we should not send people to space

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

    I personally think it is important to explore space and to know whats beyond our atmosphere ( even though the cost of rockets and robots and space stations are heavily expensive costing billions of pounds ) because if we can find many uses for materials on our Earth then we could most defiantly find many uses from space and the wonders of the stars. Maybe one day we could even find life elsewhere but if we don't explore space we will never know these things and maybe , just maybe there is life somewhere out there but as i said there is no way of knowing if don't explore the unknown!

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg kind_hurricane | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    We bother with space to find out if anything catastrophic is going to happen so were prepared. But if were going to the moon and they never come back then we've lost lives for something pretty pointless. Going to space costs a lot of money so realy it all depends on why your up there.Thanks for posting this it really got me thinking and helped me with the issue

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg amazing_memory | Richmond Hill Academy
    08 Nov 2019

    We shouldn't we should actually be focused completing finding out everything about our planet including the sea example Mariana Trench that has not been completely discovered

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

    I think its important to know about space because if something dangerous is going to happen and we are not prepared for it then we could lose quite a lot of lives when we could of just been prepared for that.

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

    I believe that we shouldn't go to space as we have so much on our plate down here on Earth and too many problems to deal with.

    For example Brexit ,the Amazon rain forest being on fire these are just two main problem we are having down on Earth. As much as we need to explore space we need to fix our current problems on Earth with the money we have right now. We have made no problem in space so why spent money on something we don't know too much about? I do hope once we fix our problem one Earth we can go explore more of space! We might even find other life forms

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

    I feel like we should not go to space YET! As we should save money and we could use the money we currently have on medical problems and there is a lot of current problems to do with parliament and we should not be dreaming about space when we still need sort out our current problems as we are spending to much money, time and effort on space when we need to solve our problems first ,then we could think about going to space and saving money after we solve our major current problems.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      crafty_turtle's comment 12 Nov 2019

      Do you think that we could ever solve the problems on Earth, even with lots of money? Why might someone be sceptical about that?

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      1. Ormiston Sudbury Academy crafty_turtle | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 12 Nov 2019

        We possibly could solve our problems but we only need to sort out our major problems like brexit and then we could possibly start to save up and start building

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

    My thoughts on why we should bother exploring space is that we already have enough problems down on earth and need to focus on them for example the amazon rainforest getting burnt down, global warming, plastic getting trashed and so on if we start sending people into space and exploring inhabitable planets even though that could be vital if OUR planet becomes unstable for life, if we can save this planet then we won't need other planets to inhabit.

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