Humans should invest in technology to explore and colonize other planets.
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- Famine is a world wide crisis, with 690 million people starving and 9 million people dying each year. And yet NASA spends 199 million dollars on the space shuttle program and 20 billion dollars on cancelled projects. World hunger takes a minimum of 7 billion dollars and a maximum of 265 to end.
- Scientific benefits of Space programs are exaggerated. NASA spends over one third of its budgets keeping the ISS and Space Shuttle working. Neither Russia nor China have made any claims that there is a scientific benefit to their missions.
- It takes a great deal of time to build technology to send to space. The Hubble telescope took about 50 years to be researched,built ,and launched. The amount of time it took to finish this one project to be completed could have been utilized to end world hunger, global warming and many other catastrophes that exist in the world.
The World Counts. (2021, February 6). The World Counts. https://www.theworldcounts.com/challenges/people-and-poverty/hunger-and-obesity/how-many-people-die-from-hunger-each-year/story
Billings, Linda. (2017). Should Humans Colonize Other Planets? No. Theology and Science. 15. 1-12. 10.1080/14746700.2017.1335065.
Adhamy, A. (2018, August 13). Top 10: Wt are the top 10 most expensive space missions? BBC Science Focus Magazine. https://www.sciencefocus.com/space/top-10-what-are-the-top-10-most-expensive-space-missions/
NASA. (2020, April 24). About - Hubble History Timeline. https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-history-timeline/
- Earth is the most hospitable planet. Whether it’s nuclear war or massive global warming, post disaster earth would be way more habitable than Mars. For example, we worry that the oceans on earth will get too polluted or rise up too high, but on Mars the only surface water is frozen in the polar ice caps.
- We would be hard pressed to ruin the water on earth so badly that it’s worse than what’s available on Mars, another reason is space funding would be better spent helping people on earth rather than wasted on other planets.
- Rather than probing Mars for life, and with individuals constantly in the news for attempts to traverse the globe in rowing boats, hot air balloons and tied to gliders, there are clearly enough ‘boundaries’ on this planet to keep even our keenest explorers happy.
- Space launches can have a hefty carbon footprint due to the burning of solid rocket fuels. Rocket engines release trace gases into the upper atmosphere that contribute to ozone depletion, as well as particles of soot.
- Global warming is likely to be the greatest threat of the 21st century. The increase of temperatures and the climate disrupts the ecosystems, the melting of ice increasing sea level at a huge rate, and the scarcity of resources and climate change that are changing life habits and migratory cycles of animals. Are few of the many negative effects of Global warming.
- A microbiologist at The University of Tokyo conducted a study that suggested that microbial life could travel between planets unprotected by rock. Which means if any harmful bacteria were to come back with a rover then we may unleash the next deadly plague.
Bacteria. (n.d.). Nardenia. Retrieved March 13, 2021, from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-discover-exposed-bacteria-can-survive-space-years-180975660/
rocket fuels. (n.d.). Nardenia. Retrieved March 13, 2021, from https://www.sciencefocus.com/space/are-space-launches-bad-for-the-environment/#:~:text=Space%20launches%20can%20have%20a,can%20cause%20significant%20carbon%20emissions.
I want to thank everyone who participated in today's fruitful debate and re stress on the importance of improving our technology and colonizing other planets for the betterment of the human race. So today I will not address you as friends or opponents, today I will speak to you from one human living on this earth to another. I want you all to think about all the damage humans have done to this world, do you think it has the ability to survive more? The answer should be obvious, and for that i continue to emphasize on the importance of colonizing other planets, thank you!