Looking Down The Road, Space Exploration And The Benefits Of Foreign Relations, And Human Expansion

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Looking down the road, space exploration and the benefits it yields - in medicine and information technology - should not be overlooked,” said former Congressmen Bob Barr in regards to the importance of NASA. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been a fantastic asset to the country since the Cold War, when it began to develop satellites for reconnaissance against the Soviets. In the many years after the Cold War, NASA’s science had helped mainly in the military, but now in other areas of life as well. The United States government should prioritize NASA because of technological advancements, economics benefits, enhancement of foreign relations, and human expansion. On October 1, 1958, the government launched NASA. During that time, the U.S. was fighting the Cold War with Russia and concern over domestic safety increased significantly. The government initiated NASA in order to spy on Russia using satellites launched into space (“A Brief History of NASA”). This caused the start of the Space Race in which the U.S. and Russia competed in developing military technology and, eventually, space technology. In the dawn of the Space Race, Russia was in the lead. They had achieved a greater number of successful satellite launches, including sending the first probe to the moon. They later sent a dog to orbit the Earth. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to orbit Earth and one month later, NASA attempted to send American astronaut Alan
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