The Space Of Space Exploration

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Today 's society takes for granted what many consider to be mankind’s crowning achievement: space exploration. Here in the United States, reports about another space flight are just about as ordinary as any other news article. Compared to the Cold War era when the United States was on the edge of its seat waiting for any news regarding the space race, we have become indifferent about national space-related affairs.
Many people are unaware of how NASA’s space research influences them directly, and as a result, congressional support for increased funding to the space program is limited. We have forgotten the benefits that our endeavors in space research have yielded; from a stronger sense of nationalism that inspired generations to innovate, to “satellite development programs,” and even technologies like “digital imagery enhancement, which is now often used in medical applications” (Dick 143). While these may be unintentional byproducts of space research, their roles in our modern world are immensely useful. The discontinuation of the space shuttle program in July 2011 has played a role in reducing the prominence of space exploration and the benefits that could still be realized. Instead, the focus was firmly on cost, and on dollars that could be redirected toward other potentially more practical applications. And yet, few present-day expenditures can compare to the potential that another era of space research can generate with a little bit of added funding. A more robust

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