The Future of Space Exploration

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“Sheltered as we are by Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field, which deflect lethal radiation from space, we are like coddled children who have never ventured into a tough neighborhood” (Folger 2). Humans have been fascinated with space since the beginning of our time. Just like children and rough neighborhoods, we have tackled obstacle over obstacle to make it home again. In the end, we have a better knowledge and strength than before. The future of space exploration can assist us in answering the everlasting question of how the universe came to be. The more we explore the infinite galaxies, the more we can scientifically discover and create new technologies as science advances. As we continue to discover, we can create new fields and…show more content…
Not only is it costly to your wallet, but it may be costly to human lives. Space exploration is extremely dangerous due to the lack of information we have. There have been many unsuccessful launches, in space missions, and re-entries that have ended in disaster. Such missions include: Apollo 1, Challenger, Apollo 13, and Columbia (The Risks and Dangers of Space Exploration 1). With only these four failed missions, it resulted in a total of seventeen deaths and three fatal injuries (1). These are just the twenty lives affected in the United States by unsuccessful space missions. “About 5% of people who have launched have died doing so” (List of Spaceflight-Related Accidents and Incidents 6). In recent years there have been little to no accidents but there is always the possibility of a death caused by space exploration. Since then we have improved our technologies and consider a manned missions in our top choices to further our exploration of the universe. Although it is not the best option, it is still a possibility. Many people in the media are ambitious to send men to explore space. Former President George Bush suggested we should be able to put humans on Mars by the year 2019 (Newcott 40). Along with previous presidents, current president Barack Obama has stated he would like to send a manned mission to Mars by the 2030s (Anthony 3). Although many seem convinces this is the way to go, the only purpose we would need to send humans to Mars or to any other part of space
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