With its inception in 1958, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA), a U.S. space agency successfully fulfilled the American dream of reaching for the stars. Due to the creation of this renowned institute, we have seen tremendous developments in science and technology that have benefited society in multiple ways. However, the funding of space research has drawn a lot of attention. “Should the U.S. government invest more taxes in space exploration or should it be cut down?” is the question that many are asking today.
As I have seen on the news I know that rovers are being sent to mars to study and examine the climate. I also know that the earth is going through massive climate changes that could devastate the human race in the far future. Because it is far in the future you may think that we have all the time in the world and yes that is true but complications will come up and maybe set us back. If we spend just a small amount of our total budget we may have a backup plan that will always be there to save us. I know it may not be clear now but space research is very important and I truly believe that we need
What was the “space race” and how was it related to the Cold War? During the beginning of the 1960’s, the Soviet Union and the United States were racing to put a man into space first. Russia was the first country to put a man into orbit, but America was the first country to have a man land on the moon. It related to the Cold War because of the political tensions between the U.S and Russia.
Space Exploration On Tuesday, Feb. 6th, SpaceX launched their new Flacon Heavy rocket. This extraordinary achievement is a huge step in humanities future in space. Flacon Heavy is now the largest rocket, capable of carrying payloads up to 140,000 lbs. This means man kind will not only be able to reach Mars faster, but will also be able to bring more equipment and more men to Mars.
The more scientists find out about a comets structure and operation the better we have to greet the comet and send it elsewhere. Future missions like the Rosetta will be needed, this mission helped answer many questions about how comets work but there is still many more to be answered. All the information gathered from the rosetta mission such as its composition, density, and behavior suggest new ideas that we need to re-write about comets. Our understanding after the completion of the rosetta mission of comets and the formation of earth and other planets will never be the same thanks to the Rosetta and its philae.
Scientific efforts have advanced because of the doubts of many countries and scientist. One of the glorifying events of the world was sending a man into space and to the moon. It was unheard of before those years that someone could even get into space, let alone touch the surface of the moon. Just 20 years before the launch it was absolute nonsense that we could do it. Certainty blinded people's eyes and doubt was the only thing to uncover the idea of getting into space and progressing our space program.
The Cold War lasted from 1947 to 1991 and was the outcome of political tension left over by World War Two (WWII). The war officially ended in 1991 with the collapse of communism, but the past forty-four years had brought major technological advances. These advances were made through the Arms Race and Space Race, which were both part of the United States and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics’ (USSR) intense rivalry. The steps that both countries took would be revered worldwide, and although they do not get a lot of attention, are important historical events. While historians have mixed opinions on the impact of the Space Race and Arms Race on the Cold War, it is undeniable that their legacy still impacts modern life.
In addition to easily falsifying scientific data, it is possible for a society to invest heavily in impractical science explorations. For example, in a 2015 news article from space.com, writer Dan Leone outlines the vast amount of spending NASA has used in recent years. Leone writes, "NASA 's Astrophysics division would get $607 million, $14 million of which would be for preliminary work on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope: a dark-energy and exoplanet observatory" (Leone). Society 's resources should be wisely spent on practical experiments that can directly benefit people. Certain large scale, expensive projects, such as the telescope in development by NASA, receive excessive amounts of money from taxpayers even though they may not necessarily benefit society in the short term.
Space exploration is a highly debated on topic on whether or not it should be funded by the government. Currently, the United States spends $19.3 billion on space exploration out of its $3.95 trillion budget. Many people argue that the money needs to be spent on other issues like health care and help for the impoverished. Space exploration is an important field that the US government needs to focus on and fund because these endeavors can provide a national space defense, push us towards the future of science and technology, and create new economic opportunities for businesses to take advantage of.
The 1950’s Space Race One of the bigger events that happened during the 1950’s and 1960’s would have to be the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union. At the time the two countries were in what was called the Cold War, this was a race to have an advantage over the other country and have something the other did not. They were trying to out doing each other with atomic weapons to intimidate each other, then the countries realized the huge advantages of having technology in space and the possibilities that comes with it. Both countries immediately got to work trying to get as much to space and the moon with as much success as possible. T The Soviet Union had the first big breakthrough on October 4, 1957 when they launched
He would rather have flags of freedom and peace waving, than a hostile flag of conquest; Kennedy vowed that space shall not be seen with weapons of mass destruction, but rather instruments of knowledge and understanding. This speech was essentially a way to formally announce that the US was entering the space race with the intentions to win, the prize being growth in research and science, knowledge about the universe, and new tools and computers. Although going to the moon was challenging, Kennedy believed that it was essential since there was no national conflicts, issues, or hostility from other countries, but rather just from space itself. The space race effort, even in the early stages, created tens of thousands of new jobs and companies, with expectations of scientists and engineers doubling within five years just in the Houston area alone. He admitted that although America had been behind in manned flight, their intentions were not to stay behind, but make up for the time lost and move ahead (JFK RICE MOON SPEECH,
The cold war 1945-1990. A great historical event that took place in the history of wars. This lead to the discovery of the Space race. A new world was discovered, outside ours. Well how did this great event in the history books, The Cold War lead to such an enormous discovery?
Galbraith mentioned Fermi’s Paradox, which instantly peaked my interest. He described it as a theory stating there are billions of stars in our universe, and eventually different planets started to develop, so their must be other planets like Earth out there somewhere. The question is why haven’t we found them. Galbraith mentioned that because we have had trouble with sustainability outside of our own atmosphere, maybe other Earth-like planets are in the same boat as we are. This paradox got me thinking about space travel, and if we will be able to visit other planets like Earth one day.
The effects of the Apollo program on the people of the United States, and the world were undeniable. It sparked a generation 's interest in the exploration of space which had not been matched since. And it affected the whole world as the Apollo 11 launch became the symbol of achievement for all people (Secondary, 3). Including the Russians who afterward started working with the U.S. space agency for joint space missions. These were called the Apollo-Soyuz missions.
From the early ages, Space and the concept of Space Exploration has retained a notion of mystique and intrigue ever since the first astrologists gazed up at the stars. With the launch of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong became the first person to ever step on the moon. Many years of struggle as well as many lives being lost has only led to greater discoveries but the sacrifices that were made will always be mourned and remembered. And despite the risks, the notion of space travel has led us to many different discoveries and truths about the galaxy. The aims of the space program today should be centered around obtaining the brightest of mankind, to get them involved, provide safety, and continue to fulfill the treaty which “bans the use of placing