The Benefits of Space Exploration Essay

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Curiosity has played an integral role in the advancement of the human species. From the discovery of fire by ancient ancestors to modern space explorations, it has been curiosity and the pursuit for a better future that has made humanity explore and innovate. However, exploration and innovation has never come without sacrifice. In regards to modern space exploration, the efforts to explore the universe has had negative effects including the loss of 18 human lives as of 2005 (CBS News, 2005), a tremendous investment of money, as well as adverse environmental effects both within Planet Earth and the solar system. These sacrifices have been made in efforts of propelling humanity into its most technologically and scientifically …show more content…
economy receives about $8 of economic benefit.” (Dubner, 2008). Therefore, it is false to state that billion dollars invested in space exploration is directly spent on “space visits” because there are vast social and economic industries that are being fuelled by the investment in space exploration. One must also not forget or downplay the direct technological and scientific impact of the space race. Although it is understood that the technological and scientific advancements of space exploration have been used or have been an excuse to invest in many negative initiatives such as advancements in military technology which has been responsible for the lives of countless individuals, one must realize that any sort of advancement can be abused or misused. The Cold War was an arms race between the Soviet Union and its corresponding allies and the United States and its corresponding allies. Both sides were interested in investing in technologies that would directly benefit their own militaries and the tremendous effort invested in the space race was due to both sides wanting to advance their militaries and thus their nations (Irvine, 2006). However, the technological advancement that space exploration has given society, regardless of what intentions sparked the investment in these technological advancements, is overwhelmingly beneficial and must not be forgotten or disregarded. Space exploration has led to the advancement of G.P.S., satellite communication,

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