Space Exploration

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Is the United States Wasting Our Money in Space or Would it be Better Used at Home? ENG 122 English Composition II Mar 10, 2013 Is the United States Wasting Our Money in Space or Would it be Better Used at Home? While some may believe that space exploration funding could be better used to solve some of the issues on earth, the United States should continue to fund space exploration. The things learned from space exploration will help further scientific and medical research to find cures for diseases, space exploration also provides jobs and helps to increase the economy in some areas, and some of the products developed for space can help improve how we live on earth. By funding space exploration, the United States is able to…show more content…
"The first integrated circuit -- the forefather of the modern microchip -- was built by Texas Instruments but funded by the Apollo program and the Air Force's Minuteman Missile Project,"(Major, D 2009). The microchip can be found in almost all of the electronic equipment we use on a daily basis. Due to this partnership between NASA and these companies, NASA retains the right to use the technology developed. The companies retain the intellectual property rights and are able to create a commercial item. (Major, D 2009). This allows them to design new products and increase their business and hence grow the economy. The computer industry is a good example of how this process has worked. NASA influenced the computer industry by generating a huge marketplace for their products. “Space and defense market accounted for over 60 percent of all computer sales during the industry's first decade” (Schnee, J 1983). This strong support helped the computer industry develop and improve their product. The guaranteed market and premium prices paid by the NASA and military for microchips were decisive factors in ensuring the success of this new technology, and led toward mass-produced, low-cost chips for personal computers and other systems.(Boen, B 2012). We have reviewed how funding for space exploration has supported the medical industry and has help improve the economy in some areas.

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