Manned Space Flight Missions
By Isaac Pedroza
Should the United States government continue to fund manned space flight missions?
Manned Mission to Mars
- Humanity is so close to launching a manned mission to mars, and it's even estimated that by the mid 2030's humans should have arrived on the red planet and set a place of operation. The journey will take place over a long time and should be painstakingly planned out so that when a complicated problem arises the team of astronauts will be prepared. The issue is that NASA is trying to contribute to this global effort by developing equipment, machinery, pitching ideas, and so on, and if the government doesn't increase the budget for NASA this process will continue to take a long time for they have to make sure everything is precise and accurate.
The Next Step
- It's been over 46 years ago since man landed on the moon and while there has been a handful of accomplishments NASA has achieved, it was never something as incredible as that moment. After 46 years, it has been quiet in terms of human spaceflight and while there is the plan to send people to mars, that won't be until around 20 years later from today. That's approximately 75 years or 3/4 of a century until another incredible achievement is reached in human spaceflight, and there are other goals that will probably take longer to accomplish. The issue here is there is much more goals in human spaceflight that will take a lengthy amount of time to reach and as it will be with the plan to have a human land on mars.
Discounting Human Spaceflight will only create Setbacks
- If the government decides to lower NASA's budget it will create unnecessary setbacks and only prolong advances in human spaceflight. In a way human spaceflight can be compared to flight back when it was considered a ridiculous way of transportation and too expensive.
As with the early development of passenger aviation, it is unthinkable to allow initial setbacks to halt the long-term arc of progress in human spaceflight.
On the horizon are commercial uses with tremendous economic and uplifting value....In the end, while human spaceflight is difficult, so was the early European settlement of North America and trans-Atlantic sailing.
But through perseverance, we gained the experience and new technologies that have made travel across the globe routine and affordable... While risk can never be eliminated, this expansion of humanity's horizons must continue.
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