Many people who I know have asked questions like: what will we do when the sun bursts? Will we go to mars and live there? And I know for a fact that I myself ask these same questions to people and find myself typing them up on google. Therefore, I have tried to answer these questions in this post. Scientists, people working in the international space, and world leaders are doing many things so that we can use it to our advantage. For example, living on Mars and going on holiday to space. But to me, some are better than others. An example of this would be having a space force.
Donald Trump wants to have a space force. This is like the air force, navy, and army but in space. Personally, I'm not extremely fond of this idea; however, I can see some of the plus sides. Once and if this is established it will be lead military service for space operations. This is good because it could contribute to space exploration and expand our knowledge of space. The Space Force would be organized with the missions of protecting the United States' interests in space. I am not entirely sure what this means but I think it's so that the USA can do what they want with space and not have anyone or anything stopping them from doing it. Nonetheless, it could also mean protecting a country from other things in space or other countries. This leads me to my next point on why it is good. The USA will be able to have advanced security adding to their army which is the best in the world and they are already spending 612.5 billion dollars on it.
One of the negatives of having a space force would be that it could lead to extreme militarism. Since many countries like India already have decided that they want the best space program, they would think "hey, the USA is 'beating' us now we need to have a space force so that we can 'beat' them." This leads to money being thrown straight out of the window just to be the best. I decided to use the word 'beat' since militarism is like a competition to see who has the best army and the country prides itself because of it. One of the reasons why WW1 started was because of countries being militant and we don't want a repeat of that.
I think that the USA shouldn't go forward with this idea.
People working at the international space station want to see if we can live on Mars one day. This is because Mars and our Earth have many similarities and we want to find out if perhaps we could live there. One reason why it's useful to find out is that one day ( far from now ) the sun will get so big, that it will engulf the Earth and everything living on it. And since we want to carry on the human race, it would be useful if we had a planet b - not saying that it should be our first resort for climate change. Another reason why this is a good idea is that another key world issue is overpopulation. This basically means that there isn't enough room on the Earth to live and because of this lots of other things happen ie. global warming, excessive use of money and many more. If we could have another planet some of us humans could move to Mars and continue the race instead of having to deal with unnecessary issues.
Some reasons why this isn't a good idea is because even though there are some similarities there are also some differences that could stop the mission from happening. One would be that the atmospheric pressure is far too low and no one would be able to survive without pressure suits which costs a lot of money to make and as a result add to the large costs. According to a new study, Mars has lost so much of its potential greenhouse gases to space over billions of years that there is now no known possibility of transforming the remaining atmosphere into a breathable one. I found some of the information in this paragraph here.
I think that we should go forward with this idea.
Some people have said that one way to tackle climate change would be to shoot all of our rubbish into space. I could only find one reason why it is good but even I don't entirely agree with it. It stops all of our waste from being our problem right? Wrong. The gravitational pull given by our massive planet is only dependent on our distance from Earth's center, and causes all objects on or near it — including humans — to constantly accelerate "downwards." This would be if rockets and space ships weren't invented. Obviously, we have that kind of technology so another more valid reason would be that it would be very expensive since the sun is 150 million kilometers away from us ( the sun is where it all would be mainly sent ). Also, it would be extremely hard to position the rocket in a way that it would hit the sun as the earth moves in a sideways motion, relative to the sun. One risk would be that the rocket - filled with nuclear gases - could explode and we would have to deal with all of that chaos. Furthermore, it could crash in space and either give us even more space debris or come crashing back at the Earth and hit us. A lot of the information in this paragraph was found in this video.
I think that we shouldn't go forward with this idea.
People are spending money on going on holiday to space. This could be a good thing as it is very educational and in the future people may even be able to go on school trips to the moon. It's a lot more exciting than just your average holiday to Spain or France. Furthermore, it could be a very fun and amazing adventure.
Some negatives would be that a lot of money would be invested in paying for all of the equipment needed. Also, along with a lot of other things that happen in the ISS, it's an experiment. So you aren't going to be promised that you're going to come back alive.
I think that we should go forward with this idea.
These are some of the many things that people are wanting to do with and in space. Please comment on what your opinion is on these things. Thank you for reading my post.