It is Crucial to Keep Funding NASA

1057 WordsJun 18, 20185 Pages
“Sputnik marked the beginning of the "space race," a period of nearly twenty years during which fierce US and Soviet competition spurred both countries to make rapid progress in aeronautic engineering,” (Lee). This period of time birthed a new program from the American government, called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. NASA has been building rockets, training astronauts, and studying space for the benefit of science, the government, and the people of America since 1958. Unfortunately, many people don't realize how important NASA is, and there have been efforts made to stop the government from funding NASA. This program is essential for increasing knowledge of outer space, protecting planet Earth, and creating…show more content…
These impact prevention techniques and detection programs all come out of NASA, and it is crucial for NASA to stay funded to prevent disasters from striking and killing all life on Earth. Furthermore, NASA is discovering other planets that we could eventually inhabit once the population is too large for Earth or conditions are no longer suitable for life. NASA has sent a telescope into space to follow through on their mission to find another planet like Earth: “The Kepler Mission is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets,” (Kepler:). Huge progress has been made with this mission, as there have been almost 4,000 planets found that can possibly suit life as we know it (Kepler:). The Kepler Mission is not the only project of NASA’s that is looking for habitable planets, however. One project much nearer to Earth is the Mars Exploration Program. NASA have collected a large amount of data and are by far the most successful program in the world as far as Mars exploration is concerned (Historical). On the contrary, opponents of NASA may speculate that overpopulation or ruining our planet will not occur, therefore the time, effort, and money spent on exploring Earth-like planets is useless. In actuality, overpopulation and the diminishing of Earth’s resources and health are working hand in
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