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Space exploration: is it really worth the cost?

Well, definitely a debatable topic since their are loads of advanteges for both answers: Yes and No. Yes, because we should see and know more about what we are in, space. We should try to find more life in at least our solar system, who knows, mabye we could inhabit a new habitable planet! We have the resources, why shouldn't we at least try? Our planet is sooner or later going to be destroyed either by us or naturally so it's our choice how long it will take for that to happen, so why not do it, why not go to the edge of our solar system!

No, because why don't we try to actually try to save our planet that we have rather than ditch it as soon as we have a global crisis (climate change, pollution, deforestation, and the vast consumption of the planet's natural resources) and finally the fact that we are drinking or just using more non-salty water than we need which then leads the fact that people in the future will constantly need filters or other uses to de-salt the water and other minerals that are bad for humans.) Plus, even if we do find a habitable planet that is: warm enough, cold enough, has lots of water, has lots of minerals and vitamins that will keep us alive, easily accessible, big enough, small enough, has oxygen, doesn't rain diamonds or other literally crazy things, doesn't have such crazy animals like Aliens, would we be able to actually save most of the people on Earth, who would we ship? Who, the richest of the rich? The people who basically polluted this Earth(with their fancy cars, personal jets and other very pollutioning vehicles) are now going to ditch it? Is that really fair? No, it isn't. And how long would it take to get their? Oh, only 8.44234.... years, yeah, the passengers will really put up with that wouldn't they? And think about the food and other necessary provisions they will need? What about the route there?

I think that space exploration is not really worth the cost, not that it costs more than we have but I think that we should just stick with the wonderful planet we have and when we have fixed the global crises we have right now. We should be able to fix the problem we have created. When this population goes to high and there are to many people in the world then we basically can't do anything to stop that and then we can leave.

Fun Fact: the worlds whole population could fit in the city of Los Angeles!

What do you think?

Comments (6)

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg compassionate_seal | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    04 Dec 2019

    Nice post! In my opinion space exploration being worth the cost is 50/50 because it is expensive but then people can have the chance to explore space.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    05 Dec 2019

    This will be a debate between Tom and Ben on the topic of whether space exploration is worth it.
    Tom: I think space exploration is worth it because it has benefited our lives, for example: space exploration has given us the satellite which has given us Tv and radio and has improved weather forecasting.
    Ben; I think space exploration is not worth it because of the effect that it has on the planet. One rocket launch emits 28 Tons of CO2 per launch, 23 tons of particulates from the ammonium perchlorate and aluminium solid rocket boosters, and the 13 tons of hydrochloric acid.
    Tom: True, but we could find a solution to climate change in space and in addition to this, scientists are developing eco rockets which use bio fuel.
    Ben: It is not just the environmental impact of rockets it is the cost. Launching the average rocket costs 500 million, that money could be spent on making and upgrading hospitals and reducing poverty.
    Tom: Space X launched a rocket that costed 60 million, that is a radical difference in cost.
    Ben: I understand that but space X is developing reusable rockets, I think this is just another opportunity to hurt the environment more than ever.
    Tom: Space exploration quenches our thirst to reach to new heights, it allows people to realize what us human are capable of, in addition to this, younger generations might be inspired to reach higher.
    Ben: You talk about quenching our thirst to reach to new heights when millions are living in poverty. In our BNC lesson today we learnt that India has invested millions in space exploration when there are millions dying of starvation on the streets.
    Tom: The problem is because of lack of proper distribution of food, we have enough food to feed the world three times over.
    There we have it! The debate between Ben and Tom.
    Personally, I think we should focus on both because space exploration has really benefited us and could help us resolve climate change.

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  • Hammond School logo miraculous_knowledge | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Dec 2019

    I think that we should do space exploration as it will help us find another planet. It isn't like we are ditching it as just leaving the situation will put all of the 8.5 billion people at risk. We do not know how long we have until the planet is destroyed so we may as well be prepared. If we are prepared then we could save billions of lives.

    There are also reasons why we shouldn't do space exploration as it will be a lot ofmoney and there could be absolutely nothing out there. We could also risk the astronauts life if we send them out deep into space.

    If I were to make a decision then I say that we should do space exploration due to the reasons above!

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg enthusiastic_crab | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    09 Dec 2019

    you did lots of work and have just read this and it it very true about space :)

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    13 Dec 2019

    I think we should use robots for space exploration because they are more durable and precise but humans can actively react to different situations whereas robots have to be programmed to do things and scientists can not have thought of all of them but on the other hand, robots can carry out many tasks at once and can take but goer risks but robots cost a lot more, as I said before, the Mars curiosity rover costed a huge two point five billion dollars and that money could be spent on reducing poverty and helping the planet, the ice sheet in Greenland is melting seven times faster than it was 25 years ago, we really need to help our planet but in the other hand, when the sun becomes a red giant we will need to escape to a diffrent planet and when we think we see a planet that has potential we can send robot to that planet without the risk of taking a human.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    13 Dec 2019

    Sorry, I meant. Can take more risks.

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