"Space exploration is a waste of money"
Space Exploration Is A Waste Of Money
Linsey talks about the NASA Space Program, why space exploration is a waste of money, especially for things like the space station, the moon, and mars.
Space exploration is a waste of money
The current debate over human exploration of the Moon and Mars illustrates the choices we face. I am struck that opinion is deeply divided into two world views: those on the one hand who feel strongly that we need to address our problems at home, that space exploration is a waste of money, and on the other hand those who want to explore. The first says we cannot afford to explore; the latter answers that we cannot afford NOT to explore. A study of how these two groups came to their respective opinions would go a long way toward illuminating the underlying assumptions of our present society, and toward mapping our future.
Space exploration is not a waste of money. The returns are quite considerable in terms of what we get back from it in the development of new technology. The Apollo programme alone gave us advances in micro-electronics, the freeze drying of food, advanced communications systems, even mirrored sunglasses. The only other activity that drives technology forward at such a pace, sadly, is war, the cost of which is immeasurably greater not only in terms of money, but in human life as well. Even if a space mission goes wrong, at least engineers and scientists can learn from what they did wrong and develop new methods and technologies to get it right next time.Description: Students discuss which has been mankind's greatest achievement. There is a high level reading about our future in space exploration. To finish off the lesson, the speaking activity takes the form of a debate about whether space exploration is a waste of money or not.