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The debate whether people or robots should explore outer space has caused quite a bit of contention recently, so I thought that a more detailed investigation between both sides of the argument was needed. So here goes.. First, let’s address each of the current reasons for space travel. Exploration: Robots can easily go where any person can go and places where people cannot. Furthermore, machines can be built to withstand harsh environments better than humans. Space Exploration: Humans versus Robots « Phil for Humanity Space Exploration: Humans versus Robots « Phil for Humanity
The main purpose of N.A.S.A. is space exploration and discovery. This purpose is neither practical nor directly helps all of humanity, with the exception of asteroid tracking that could potentially save lives. Furthermore, another mistake that N.A.S.A. does is following orders from politicians who will be out of office before their missions for N.A.S.A. are completed. This is because these same politicians fund N.A.S.A. for their own political purposes rather than what is truly better for humankind. N.A.S.A. should be more concerned with making a space station that can support a human colony in case anything unfortunate happens to the Earth. That means this space station must be completely self-sufficient for food, water, air, medicine, and any other resources that they may need. A Better Purpose for NASA « Phil for Humanity A Better Purpose for NASA « Phil for Humanity
To this day, I am still surprised that there is a debate if space exploration should migrate from government programs to corporations. For a long time, companies have been successfully launching unmanned satellites into orbit. These companies even do this as safely as government programs and for a profit too. Previously, governments had a monopoly on this business; and now, companies are driving down these costs for consumers. Space Exploration: Government versus Big Business « Phil for Humanity Space Exploration: Government versus Big Business « Phil for Humanity
Once in space, the biggest threat to astronauts and spacecrafts is space debris. Space debris, also known as space junk or space waste, are potentially dangerous and useless objects in Earth’s orbit. These objects are either man-made (such as spent stages of rockets, broken off pieces of spaceships or equipment, old unusable satellites, and even small flecks of paint) or natural (such as space rocks, ice, and dust). The problem with space debris is how hazardous they can be if they impact a spacecraft or even a spacewalking astronaut. There are approximately 11,000 pieces of space debris in Earth’s orbit that are larger than three inches and can be currently detected. The Problem with Space Debris and Possible Solutions « Phil for Humanity The Problem with Space Debris and Possible Solutions « Phil for Humanity
The Value of Space Exploration Read any debate about space exploration, and this question will invariably come up. “Why should we be spending money exploring space when there are so many problems here on Earth that we need to solve first?” It’s a tricky one. I’ve got a simple answer; space exploration is awesome. Come on, think of space ships traveling to other worlds – that’s really cool. Okay, perhaps I’ve got too simplistic an argument, so I turned to the astrosphere and posed the question to other space bloggers. The Value of Space Exploration
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