The Importance Of Space Exploration In America

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Celie Arnett Diane Mercer Honors Freshman Lit and Comp 13 February 2018 Space Exploration in America On July twentieth, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon- a moment that is now read about in history books. Everyone knows the line, “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Recently, on February sixth, 2018, the private company SpaceX successfully launched a rocket into space. These events leave some people questioning: Is exploring space even important? Even though space exploration is expensive, exploring space is necessary for the United States because it helps scientists make strides in other areas of science and provides an economic boost to America. Exploring space is necessary because it can literally help people live longer. The Hubble Space Telescope originally only had blurry images. Then, researchers at the Lombardi Cancer Research Center at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. realized that the problem faced by astrophysicists was much like the problem doctors were having when searching for tumors in mammograms; the photos were blurry (Tyson). The medical community used the new techniques for the Hubble to detect breast cancer earlier, thus helping people live longer (Tyson). Before Dan Carter joined NASA in 1985, developing a large amount of protein crystals was very difficult (Adamu). Carter and his colleagues “discovered that space-produced crystal could be used to make the atomic components of
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