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What are the advantages and disadvantages of space exploration?

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zareera | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM via web

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of space exploration?

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM (Answer #1)

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The advantages of space exploration are mainly long-term advantages. No doubt human beings will be living on the moon and on Mars and also on huge space stations floating in outer space. Eventually they will be colonizing planets in other parts of our galaxy. We will, of course, be learning more about our universe and developing all sorts of technologies for living in extraterrestrial environments. But all this is going to take centuries, and the cost will be enormous. In the meantime, there are many conditions right here on earth that could use a whole lot of improvement. The money spent on rocketry and other technological whiz-bang has to be withheld from all the things that could be done to improve our own congested, polluted planet. It would seem logical to fix things here on earth before we worry about some planet a zillion miles away.


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cgrant2 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM (Answer #2)

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I think there are many advantages and disadvantages of space exploration. One advantage being we have the technology and capability to go into space and learn about the vast world that lies outside of this planet. There is so much we can learn about the universe that we can apply to our own planet. Also, space exploration can reveal some phemonenas that can affect our own planet such as solar flares and metorites. These are important to understand because the environment outside of the planet affects our planet. Also, provides information about other life outside of the planet. 

Some disadvantages are the cost of space exploration and the dangers associated with it. It is extremely expensive to setup space missions. The cost comes from the amount of resources and technology associated with space exploration. Not to mention, the training and expertise associated with training astronauts, physicist, and engineers. There is a lot of work to take into consideration. It's very dangerous to go into space. The environment is completely different in space and very dangerous. There is so much that could happen if something goes. Remember the explosion of the Columbia space shuttle. I think the advantages out weigh the disadvantages.

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Posted March 8, 2013 at 4:59 AM (Answer #3)

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