Evan Higgins. Uw Ess 102. Due: 4/10/2017. Human Vs Robotic

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Evan Higgins
UW ESS 102
Due: 4/10/2017
Human Vs Robotic Space Exploration

Space. Possibly the most unforgiving place possible for humans, and yet we desire to go there. We desire to travel to distant planets, new galaxies, and to know all that there is to know. We want all of this, and yet the mission to mars, and the first missions to the moon, we sent robots. There are many reasons for this and why we didn’t send humans, but the main reason we haven’t sent as many humans to space, is cost. It is extremely expensive to travel to space. So, robots are just cheaper. However, we want to send humans. We want to explore space ourselves. Therefor to accomplish our goals of sending humans into space, we need to make it cheaper to go to space.
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Almost every space mission that we have done requires discarding the rocket or most parts of it after the mission takes place (Anderson, C. 2012). However, SpaceX has realized that if space vehicles were like planes in that they were reusable after each mission then the cost of space travel would decrease immensely (Anderson, C. 2012). You don’t see people get on planes to go to vacation, only to have the plane discarded after the trip and a new one must be built for subsequent trips. SpaceX has created a space vehicle known as the Flacon 9 which returned to earth after its mission with its first stage (Post, H. 2015). This means that it can be reused and is an important step in taking more people to space. Rockets like planes would allow for people to take vacations to space as space tourists. This would provide a source of income to further the space exploration technology. This idea of sending people to space as tourists to create a steady flow of income would require people to want to take trips to space on their vacations. People in the US alone spent over six hundred billion US dollars in 2015 traveling for leisure (U.S. Travel Association 2016). So, who’s to say that space travel wouldn’t also bring in a very large income. Many researchers, mostly in japan and the US, have conducted surveys to learn just how many people would take a trip to space if presented with the possibility (Crouch, G. I. 2001). The

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