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Should mankind invest in the exploration of space?

Yes

Side Score: 94
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No

Side Score: 66
3 points

Yes, yes, yes.... but with machines and not people for the time being.

Side: yes
casper3912(1573) Disputed
4 points

machines are not capable of doing everything a person can.

For example, Some missions have the chance of losing connection to a ground base which can control machines, if a human operator is needed for a machine's operation then the whole mission is at risk. Having a human up there improves the chance that something won't go wrong on critical missions.

yes, trips should be cost effective and that means that some trips at least, should be manned.

we owe much to space exploration, and it still has much to give. It should indeed be invested in.

Side: yes
Hellno(17743) Disputed
2 points

We can send many, many unmanned missions for the same price as one manned mission... until we are able to send humans great distances quickly and bring them back quickly I'd rather spend our limited resources on sending as many unmanned missions out to explore all the moons, asteroids etc as possible.

Side: yes
Genesis1vs1(31) Disputed
2 points

How is this adding to the argument? Please elaborate on your beliefs.

Side: No
Hellno(17743) Disputed
4 points

We can send many, many unmanned missions for the same price as one manned mission... until we are able to send humans great distances quickly and bring them back quickly I'd rather spend our limited resources on sending as many unmanned missions out to explore all the moons, asteroids etc as possible.

Side: yes
3 points

Yes, yes definitely so everybody will stop with the terrorist and war drama send everybody to a different place lol

Side: yes
3 points

Absolutely. Maybe we'd find a new energy source, or new cultures.. Even though we'd probably just try to enslave them.

Side: yes
3 points

Space exploration has the potential of discovering the yet undiscovered facts about space. It has a great potential of resolving mysteries that surround the outer space. It may bring about a dramatic change to our lives.

Side: yes
3 points

Through the exploration of space, we may find new minerals, new precious materials. We may end up finding new human-like species in the outer space. We may find new living beings that are better developed and better evolved than we are. Exploring space may lead us to the discovery of an all-new world. An unexpected progress and advancement that the living beings in space might have made, may take us by surprise.

Side: yes
2 points

Earth isn't going to be around forever. If mankind wants to survive we will eventually have to move somewhere else. First we colonize the moon, then Mars, and work our way out of our solar system. When the technology will catch up, I can't say.

Side: yes
2 points

YES!! Oh how cool would it be to be able to go into space yourself? If you can imagine, what percentage of humans will ever have the chance of going into space? (Our generation). I've been to a space camp before (yes I know, how nerdy of me) in grade 6 and we were able to experience walking on the moon (with the aid of a large contraption thing, but it was still neat) and being in zero gravity (again with a large contraption, but it was weighted on the other side of a large climbing wall so you felt literally like you weighed zero pounds. It was neat!)

Space exploration is the next big thing that we might as well do? Why stay cooped up on Earth for the rest of eternity? Why not try to do a little exploration around the town if I may call it that.

Side: yes
Genesis1vs1(31) Disputed
2 points

Why stay cooped up on Earth for the rest of eternity?

Because our planet is the only inhabitable one. There is no where else that could support life. No life has been found anywhere else. People continue to debate life on Mars, but to date life in any form has not been found. Get used to this planet it's the only one we got.

Side: No
aveskde(1936) Disputed
4 points

Because our planet is the only inhabitable one. There is no where else that could support life.

In our solar system alone, Mars and Venus could support life with appropriate terraforming. In the galaxy, Gliese 581 d is an earth-like planet and it isn't very far away, only 20.3 lightyears.

No life has been found anywhere else. People continue to debate life on Mars, but to date life in any form has not been found.

There is a difference between not having life and having the possibility to support life.

Get used to this planet it's the only one we got.

No, it isn't. I for one don't want our species to end in the next ages of Earth's life, taken out by an asteroid or expanding star.

Side: yes
2 points

Should mankind invest in the exploration of space?

Yes. Firstly, we have to find a better place than Earth, then we let all homos live in the Earth. Lastly, we blow Earth up after we took all the resources.

Side: yes
Bobbybolivia(10) Disputed
2 points

First of all christjesus you cant live in the earth you can only live on the earth,and second of all that was pretty arrogant of you to say that u should let all the homos live on the earth and take it resources before blowing it up......By the way what makes you better than the homosexual commuity....... I do support space travel we shouldn think that were the only complicated life form in the whole galaxy even the great mind of steven hawking belives that therse other life forms in the galaxy.

Side: No
1 point

"Yes. Firstly, we have to find a better place than Earth, then we let all homos live in the Earth. Lastly, we blow Earth up after we took all the resources."

If you're that desperate to get rid of "homos" do what they did in the "hitchhikers guide to the galaxy" tell them the earth is going to be destroyed and send them of in an "evacuation" spaceship.

Side: yes
2 points

Space exploration whets the human appetite for adventure. There are many brave souls around the world who wish to take risks in life. They love adventure, they love accepting challenges, and they love making the impossibilities possible. Space exploration satisfies this human desire of adventure.

Side: yes
2 points

Without question! I agree with the thought of unmanned space flight vs. Using people for the short term. Safer!

Side: yes
2 points

I think there should be a Space program , but I do not think we as Humans will be able to fulfill the Dream of others in space ( Aliens) for a long long time , strictly due to time travel problems, unless they pull a rabbit out of sciences hat.. and one never knows ... I would have never believed many of the electronics we have now growing up as a kid..

Side: yes
2 points

"unless they pull a rabbit out of sciences hat.. "

In the last 50 years alone we have advanced an incredible rate, by the time you are retiring we could already be colinizing space(but I personally wouldn't move away from good old Britain).

1957

1. Satellites: Russia launches Sputnik, opening the space race. America responded with the 1958 launch of Explorer 1, the first satellite to produce a significant scientific return—namely, the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt. The first successful weather satellite (TIROS 1) and the first communication relay satellite (ECHO) were launched in 1960. The space race and the satellite revolution kicked scientific and technological progress into high gear—and created greater demand for science news coverage.

1960

2. ‘The Pill’: First oral contraceptive is introduced. The Food and Drug Administration's approval of Enovid-10 ushered in the era of "the Pill." Few medications have had such a widespread impact on society and social norms.

3. The laser: First working laser is put into operation. Theodore Maiman's optical-light ruby laser followed up on earlier research by Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow, who developed the first maser (microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) in 1954. The 1964 movie “Goldfinger” may have portrayed it as a killer ray, but the device came to have user-friendly applications ranging from eye surgery to DVD players to supermarket checkouts.

1961

4. Cracking the DNA code: Biochemist Marshall Nirenberg and his colleagues publish the first of a series of papers laying out how DNA's genetic code is translated within the cell. The cracking of the code built upon Watson and Crick's discovery of DNA's double helix almost a decade earlier, and opened the way for the genetic revolution to come.

5. Plate tectonics: Geologists Harry Hess and Robert Dietz propose that seafloor spreading and subduction are basic parts of the mechanism for plate tectonics - a finding that led to the rapid acceptance of the tectonic theory behind Earth's large-scale geologic changes. The study of paleomagnetism led scientists to conclude that Earth's magnetic poles periodically reversed, providing an important geological dating method.

1962

6. The environmental movement: Marine biologist Rachel Carson's masterwork, Silent Spring, is published. The environmental concerns voiced in the book helped spark a grassroots movement that led the federal government to create the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and phase out the use of DDT in 1972.

7. Quasars: The first quasar—quasi-stellar radio source—is discovered by Dutch astronomer Maarten Schmidt. Scientists eventually determine that quasars are compact regions in the center of active galaxies that mark the presence of a supermassive black hole. The discovery was a key turning point in our understanding of galactic development and structure.

1964

8. Quarks and all that: The quark model of particle physics is proposed. The ideas put forth by physicists Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig touched off a decades-long quest to find the subatomic particles that matched the theory, including the J/Psi particle (found in 1974), the W and Z bosons (1983) and the top quark (2004-05). The quest continues today at America's Fermilab and Europe's Large Hadron Collider, where scientists hope to detect the Higgs boson, the last particle predicted by the Standard Model.

9. Big bang's afterglow: Cosmic microwave background radiation is discovered by radio astronomers Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, an achievement that earned them a Nobel Prize in 1978. The background radiation serves as the fossil imprint of the big bang and has helped astronomers determine the geometry of the universe. The Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), launched in 1989, was a landmark space mission that followed up on Penzias and Wilson's discovery by mapping variations in the background radiation.

1967

10. Heart transplants: First human-to-human heart transplant is performed. Dr. Christiaan Barnard's operation in South Africa prolonged his patient's life by only 18 days, but helped set the stage for rapid progress in medical transplantation techniques. Stanford heart surgeon Norman Shumway was an early pioneer in transplant medicine, and Denton Cooley and Domingo Liotta made a significant contribution in 1969 with the first human implantation of an artificial heart.

1969

11. Moon landing: Humans make first landing on the moon. The Apollo series of moon surface missions, beginning with Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, marked the climax of the decade-long U.S.-Soviet space race and also led to fresh scientific insights into the origins of Earth and the moon.

12. Internet: First node is connected on ARPAnet, the predecessor to the modern Internet. What began as an research project to develop a nuke-proof communication system ended up revolutionizing academic exchange - and eventually modern society. Twenty years after the Internet's birth, CERN's Tim Berners-Lee brought the global network to a higher level with the invention of the World Wide Web.

1970

13. Oncogenes: First cancer-causing gene is discovered in a chicken retrovirus. In 1976, J. Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus described the mechanism by which proto-oncogenes mutate and give rise to cancer—a discovery that earned them the Nobel Prize in 1989.

1972

14. Medical scanners: First CT scanner is created. Computerized tomography X-ray scanners not only revolutionized medical imaging, but also presaged other imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance (MRI and functional MRI) as well as positron emission tomography (PET). Such techniques have been put to wide application in medical diagnosis and neuroscience, and even archaeology and paleontology.

15: Recombinant DNA: Stanford biochemist Paul Berg creates the first recombinant DNA molecule, pointing the way to genetically modified organisms and gene-based medical therapies. The technique proved so powerful and controversial that it led to a 1975 conference at California's Asilomar Conference Center, where scientists voluntarily agreed on research restrictions. The Asilomar conference itself stands as a milestone in scientific accountability.

1974

16. Human ancestors: Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson discovers the 3.2 million-year-old fossil skeleton of a human ancestor dubbed "Lucy" in Ethiopia. The australopith find serves as the best-known milestone in a long line of hominid discoveries also including the Laetoli footprints in Tanzania (1976), the Toumai skull in Chad (2002) and Ardipithecus in Ethiopia ("Ardi" found in 1994, characterized in 2009).

17. Countering the ozone threat: Chemists F. Sherwood Rowland and Mario Molina propose that chlorofluorocarbons may affect Earth's ozone layer—a hypothesis that was borne out over the following decade, particularly with the identification of the Antarctic ozone hole in 1985. Concerns about CFCs led to a phase-out of their production mandated by the 1987 Montreal Protocol. The Rowland-Molina research and its impact set a precedent for the current debate over greenhouse-gas emissions.

1976

18. Pictures from other planets: NASA's Mars Viking probes land on Mars and send back the first color pictures from another planet. The twin missions follow up on the Soviet Venera 9 and 10 missions, which transmitted black-and-white images from Venus in 1975.

1977

19. Deep-sea life: Biologists discover a rich ecosystem surrounding deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Galapagos Rift. The discovery dramatically changed scientists' views on the conditions required for life on Earth, sparked new ideas about the potential undersea origins of life and led astrobiologists to consider the possibility of life in extraterrestrial settings such as the subsurface oceans of Europa (a moon of Jupiter) and Enceladus (a moon of Saturn).

20. Farthest frontier: NASA launches the twin Voyager probes, following up on the Pioneer interplanetary missions with a grand tour of the solar system. Both craft flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 flew past Uranus and provided the first up-close look at Neptune. Voyager 1 is now the farthest-flung object ever made by humans. Both Voyager spacecraft probes carried a "Golden Record" with recordings of Earth imagery, sounds, speech and music.

1978

21. Test-tube babies: The first baby conceived through in-vitro fertilization is born in England. The method is a boon to couples with fertility problems. Since then, an estimated 3.5 million "test-tube babies" have been born using assisted reproductive technology. But the method is not without controversy, as illustrated by the furor over the birth of octuplets to "Octomom" Nadya Suleman in 2009.

22. Data encryption: MIT's Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman describe the RSA public-key encryption method, which draws upon prime factorization to provide a means of secure communications. The encryption method serves as the foundation for applications ranging from military communications to Internet commerce.

1980

23. Farewell to smallpox: The World Health Organization announces that smallpox has disappeared worldwide. The infectious disease killed untold millions over the course of centuries, and its eradication through widespread vaccination was a crowning achievement in public health.

24. Killer asteroid: Luis and Walter Alvarez propose that a cosmic impact was responsible for the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The hypothesis provided a focus for further scientific study into the causes of great extinctions. Cosmic impacts as well as the effects of climate change have come to be seen as the primary factors behind ancient die-offs.

25. Cosmic inflation: Inflationary big bang theory is put forward by Alan Guth to explain seeming contradictions in the scientific model for the universe's creation. Subsequent observations supported inflation as the leading explanation for what happened immediately after the universe's origin to create the seeds of cosmic structure.

1983

26. HIV identified: French doctors isolate the virus that causes AIDS. The discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus marked the beginning of a continuing effort to develop treatments for a disease that was at the time seen as a death sentence.

27. Evo-devo: Researchers at the University of Basel and Indiana University independently discover homeobox DNA sequences within genes, which regulate patterns of development in a wide spectrum of organisms. Such work helped lead the way to evolutionary development ("evo-devo") studies that shed light on how different species are interrelated.

1984

28. DNA decoders: Polymerase chain reaction technique for DNA analysis is developed by Kary Mullis, who won a Nobel Prize in 1993 for the discovery. PCR analysis has become the foundation of modern genetic research, touching on fields ranging from medicine and evolutionary biology to criminology.

29: String theory: The first superstring revolution begins. Theorists suggest that string theory—the idea that the most fundamental constituents of matter can be thought of as minuscule strings vibrating in multidimensional space—could resolve the inconsistencies between general relativity and quantum physics. The first superstring revolution (1984-85) set the precedent for the second superstring revolution (1994-97). Even today, string theory sparks debate over whether it could be a "theory of everything" ... or a "theory of nothing."

1985

30. Nanotechnology: Buckminsterfullerene is created in the lab by Robert Curl, Harold Kroto and Richard Smalley. The soccerball-like C60 molecule was the first of several artificial carbon constructs that paved the way for innovations in nanotechnology such as carbon nanotubes. Other nanotech innovations, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots, appear to have medical applications - but nanotechnology has raised medical concerns as well.

1986

31. Catching up with comets: Europe's Giotto mission observes Halley's comet up close. For the first time, humans were given a glimpse at the source of one of the most dramatic displays in the heavens - and, according to some theories, a primordial source for the stuff of life. Cometary studies continued with 2005's Deep Impact mission, which fired a "bullet" into the heart of a comet, and the Stardust mission, which brought samples of comet dust back to Earth in 2006.

32. High-temperature superconductors: The first high-temperature superconductor is discovered by Karl Mueller and Johannes Bednorz. The achievement earned them the Nobel Prize in 1987. High-temperature superconductors could eventually be used for more efficient power transmission and vehicle propulsion.

1994

33. Witnessing a cosmic crash: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashes into Jupiter during one of the most widely watched astronomical events of the century. This was the first time astronomers predicted a planetary impact in advance. The event also had an impact on our own planet, pushing along efforts to catalog near-Earth asteroids and assess the threat they may pose.

34. Quantum computing quest: U.S. mathematician Peter Shor demonstrates a theorem for a procedure that could be used to crack the RSA cryptographic code using a computer based on quantum interference phenomena. Such a quantum computer was discussed in 1980 by Paul Benioff, and a year later by Richard Feynman. Since then, researchers have worked to construct quantum computing devices. In 2007, Canada-based D-Wave said it built the first practical quantum computer, but other researchers doubted whether the device was truly a quantum computer. In 2009 Google announced that D-Wave’s technology was being incorporated into its new image recognition system.

1995

35. Math milestones: More than 350 years after Fermat's Last Theorem was proposed, British mathematician Andrew Wiles proves the claim that xn + yn = zn works for whole integers only if n is less than 3. The hard-won proof earns Wiles a $50,000 prize. Eight years later, reclusive Russian mathematician Grigory Perelman proves another long-running puzzle, the Poincare conjecture - but turns down a $1 million prize as well as the Fields Medal, mathematics' highest honor.

36. Alien planets: Astronomers detect the first extrasolar planet circling a normal star, 51 Pegasi. The discovery built upon 1992's detection of "pulsar planets," and pioneered techniques that have been used to find more than 400 extrasolar planets to date. The findings have led scientists to conclude that planets are much more common in the universe than previously thought.

1996

37. First cloned mammal: Researchers announce the birth of Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from the adult cell of another animal. The achievement was followed by a string of other cloned species - ranging from dogs and cats to champion racing mules and rhesus monkeys. Dolly also touched off a long-running political and religious debate over human reproductive cloning.

1997

38. Big bounce on Mars: Mars Pathfinder probe lands on Mars, marking a new era of interplanetary exploration two decades after Viking. Pathfinder blazed a trail for the even more wildly successful Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity (which were both launched in 2003 and landed, like Pathfinder, cushioned by airbags). The Pathfinder mission also served as an early milestone in public interest in science as mediated by the Internet.

1998

39. Dark energy: Two teams of astronomers studying distant supernovae determine that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, supporting a theoretical twist that Albert Einstein once called the "biggest blunder of my life." The discovery of the acceleration factor has sparked one of the biggest mysteries of contemporary cosmology: What is dark energy?

40. RNA interference: Biomedical researchers Andrew Fire and Craig Mello publish a study showing how small RNA molecules influence genetic pathways in C. elegans worms, opening up a new field of research into RNA interference. RNAi-based therapies could address a wide variety of illnesses, including AIDS, cancer, Huntington's and Alzheimer's disease.

41. Human embryonic stem cells: First human embryonic stem cells are isolated. Such cells can transform themselves into virtually any tissue in the body, raising hopes for new cell-based therapies. Because embryos were destroyed in the process of extracting the cells, the process touched off a years-long ethical and political debate, highlighted by federal funding limits in 2001. In 2007, two teams of researchers used genetic modification to transform ordinary skin cells into cells that appear to function like embryonic stem cells. The use of these reprogrammed cells, known as induced pluripotent stem cells or IPS cells, may resolve the ethical concerns.

2001

42. Human genome decoded: The publicly funded Human Genome Project and privately funded Celera Genomics simultaneously publish the first working drafts of human genome in the journals Nature and Science, respectively. The genomic code was refined in succeeding years, providing a rich resource for studying the genetic origins of disease as well as tracing linkages in evolutionary biology.

43. Age of the universe: Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Boomerang balloon flight and other data, astronomers determine the age of the universe to be 13.7 billion years—an estimate further refined by data from the space-based Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe.

44. Targeted cancer therapy: The Food and Drug Administration approves imatinib, marketed under the name Gleevec, as the first in a class of drugs that target the chemical mechanism behind the spread of cancer.

2005

45. Titan revealed: Europe's Huygens lander descends through the smoggy atmosphere of the Saturnian moon Titan and sends back the first pictures of Titan's hydrocarbon rivers as well as its icy and possibly tarry surface. Huygens rode to Titan aboard the international Cassini orbiter, which continued to study Saturn and its moons. Another highlight of the Cassini mission was its observations of Enceladus' geysers of water ice, which led scientists to suggest the ice-covered moon possessed a subsurface liquid ocean and perhaps marine life forms as well.

46. Planets realigned: Astronomers discover an icy world in the Kuiper belt that is larger than Pluto, forcing the International Astronomical Union to draw up a much-debated definition of the term "planet" a year later. The definition reclassified Pluto and the newfound world (later named Eris) as dwarf planets, distinct from the solar system's eight major planets.

47. T. rex tissue: Paleontologists recover soft tissue from within the fossilized bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex, upending assumptions about the limits of fossil preservation. Analysis of the tissue turns up the signature of proteins similar to those found in the bones of chickens and ostriches, solidifying the linkage between dinosaurs and present-day birds.

2006

48. Invisibility shield: Building on a formula proposed a year earlier, two teams of researchers announce the creation of "cloaking devices" that can cancel out the radiation reflected by an object and shield it from detection. Such devices are not as all-concealing as Harry Potter's cloak of invisibility, however. They are made from metamaterials that must be tailored for specific wavelengths and dimensions.

2008

49. Tasting Martian water: NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander touches down in Mars' north polar region and samples the planet's water ice for the first time. Mission scientists say images of the probe's own lander legs appear to show droplets of liquid water stirred up during the landing. Phoenix's findings furnish the latest chapter in the decades-long scientific assessment of Mars' potential for life in ancient times.

2009

50. Water on the moon: NASA sends a probe called Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, crashing into the moon. Weeks later, scientists report that an analysis of the impact debris confirms the existence of "significant" reserves of water ice. The mission followed up on indications from earlier probes (Clementine, Lunar Prospector, Chandrayaan 1, Cassini) and even from Apollo lunar samples. Some speculated that the findings could lead to a fresh round of lunar missions, but as the decade came to a close, NASA's plans for future exploration were still under review at the White House.

Side: yes
2 points

Imagine the results, we could have Empires again!

To be honest I don't see why we're sitting around waiting for super highly-advanced aliens to come share their technology with us? That wouldn't happen at all, look at Europe and what they did when they found a continent with nearly no technology.Africa was divided up and shared around, they ended up as colonies because they had no flag and the populations reduced to slaves, the hugely expensive diamonds and minerals were just mined and shipped of to Europe without the natives getting a penny.

Now imagine aliens doing that to us, they arrive at our planet claim we're not a true civilization because we dont have a national tea towel or something. They take us all as slaves and claim we're simple animals as 1) we dont speak their language and 2) we look different. It turns out that pebbles are a rare and extremely expensive object in their solar system so they take them all get insanely rich on galactic credits or some other space currency and we dont see a thing.

Side: yes
2 points

Yes we should learn about our origins and we should discovery other planets and other intelligent life forms.

Side: yes

Yes, but it only should in private investment. -------------

Side: yes
4 points

Look, how much does it take right now to send a probe to mars? How much did the ISS take? Millions if not billions. Instead of chucking stuff that fails half the time, why not spend the money in developing an economically viable engine or reducing green house gas emissions?

Side: No
3 points

That is well stated. There are many more viable resources that money would be much better served.

Side: No
clearEn(207) Disputed
3 points

If and when the space elevator get's built, the cost of putting things into space will drop around 99.9909%. It currently takes around $22,000 to put a single pound into orbit, but the elevator could do the same in less than $2.

Supporting Evidence: NASA Science News: Space Elevators (science.nasa.gov)
Side: yes
aveskde(1936) Disputed
3 points

Look, how much does it take right now to send a probe to mars? How much did the ISS take? Millions if not billions. Instead of chucking stuff that fails half the time, why not spend the money in developing an economically viable engine or reducing green house gas emissions?

This is a false dichotomy. That we either fund space exploration and research or the reduction of green house gasses. We can do both, actually.

Side: yes
2 points

How about try to understand and fix what is going on here first before entangling ourselves in dark matter.

Side: No
casper3912(1573) Disputed
4 points

Nasa and space exploration in general is responsible for many technological improvements which improved our understanding and ability to 'fix' what is going on on earth.

Side: yes
Genesis1vs1(31) Disputed
3 points

What have they fixed with their discoveries? Most of what is learned on our planet is applied to space i.e. spectroscopy, gravity, and relativity.

Side: No
3 points

I agree with that statement. The fact that 90% of our universe can't be explained by natural science. The dark matter and dark energy pose quite a problem. Especially if you don't believe in God.

Side: No
aveskde(1936) Disputed
5 points

I agree with that statement. The fact that 90% of our universe can't be explained by natural science.

I think we're doing quite nicely explaining it. Space exploration itself is vital to our specie's continued existence. Disasters across space which destroy planets and civilisations happen all the time, and this is why we need to seed the galaxy with intelligent life.

The dark matter and dark energy pose quite a problem. Especially if you don't believe in God.

"God" is never an answer to a question. It is a placeholder for ignorance.

Side: yes
2 points

Manned missions to space impose a huge amount of risk on the astronauts who travel to space. Apart from the expenditure of money, a travel to space also risks the human life. The human beings who travel in space have to face harsh conditions and challenge themselves to adapt to unfriendly environment. Unmanned missions and those using robots to explore space are a solution to risking the human life. But robots mean another new technology, thus incurring added costs.

Side: No
2 points

What seems to take us by surprise may land us in trouble. We may find something in space that is lethal to life on Earth. We may discover something that is extremely harmful for the living beings on Earth. Space exploration may invite some dangerous microorganisms that may exist in space. The extraterrestrial beings may actually prove dangerous for human life.

Side: No
2 points

Space exploration can mean a major leap for mankind but it is also criticized as not having achieved any major scientific breakthroughs. Public interest can serve as the determinant factor in judging the suitability of space exploration. It may not be wise to splurge on space exploration if other basic needs are being ignored or left unfulfilled.

Side: No
1 point

One of the most important cons of space exploration is the money spent in the research. The money that is spent on space exploration can rather be spent to reduce poverty in the underdeveloped countries. The national wealth can rather be channelized towards the betterment of the downtrodden lot of the society. Space exploration involves both astronomy and space technology. It requires a huge amount of money to be spent on the journey to space. Some believe that the money can be diverted towards the poor. When many cannot even meet their basic needs of life, is it right to spend on space exploration?

Side: No
casper3912(1573) Disputed
1 point

Space exploration has provided the drive and the excuse to develop technologies which will and have allowed for a more sustainable solution to poverty in some countries. Unless Money towards space exploration would be going towards another research agency specialized towards solving poverty all which would happen is welfare, a temporary solution.

Side: yes

We should limit ourselves to things that are current viable IE exploration of our solar system.

Anyone with an IQ knows that interstellar travel is far beyond our reach, and will remain so for the forseeable future.

Anyone who thinks otherwise is a star trek fuktard who lives in his mommies basement.

Side: No
1 point

Humans seeking to save the body that dies are trying to out do God by thinking they are saving the body forgetting the soul. The human living on mars when the sun explodes is only going to have a limited time on mars even if they are successful,and the ultimate end will be freezing to death,and losing their soul only relying on human intellect,and not on God.

Side: No

now imsure imwrong and im sure america wouldnt sped so much on it if i wasnt. but as far as im cocerned we dont reallygain anything from space exploration, and feal free to correct me on that point but i really cant see what benifitsus about someone bringing us some moon rock. i mean i can see some of the benifits of space ie satalites etc but what are the realbenifits of eploration?

Side: No
1 point

With this kinda recession and problems and issues up to neck I find it quite an expense to pay any attention there. There has to be a certain amount of investment but not something insane which is done usually. The World is need of solutions that involve attention as well as finance.

Side: No

Solve the problems here on Earth and then space exploration can be a consideration.

Side: No