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Exploring Space: Is It Too Expensive?
This paper looks at the benefits vis-a-vis the financial burden posed by the United States' space program.
# 105093 | 1,033 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 29, 2008 in Political Science (U.S.) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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The paper discusses how the United States' space program is a heavy financial burden on the economy and on taxpayers' money. The paper looks at the perceived benefits of exploring space and concludes that the program should only be continued if the costs can be reduced.

The Pros and Cons of the Space Program
The United States Deficit and Its Growth
If the Cost of Space Exploration Could be Reduced, it May be Worthwhile

From the Paper:

"The desire to explore space was fueled by the "Cold War" between the USSR and the United States. In the 1940s the very real fear existed that the USSR would use its atomic bombs to attack the U.S., therefore, the race was on to determine how to spy on the enemy through a covert, anonymous method. A Navy balloon project was launched in the 1950s equipped with a "1,400-pound camera package, so that it could take aerial photographs, while floating over the Soviet Union" (Rentmeester 40). Meanwhile, in 1957, the Soviets launched the first satellite into space, Sputnik, and the U.S. followed with a reconnaissance package that replaced the bulky camera on the balloon to a highly developed optics system and a satellite to place it on (Rentmeester 41). Therefore, the space race began, and ultimately the United States became the first nation to place a man on the moon in 1969 (Washington Times D04)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Garan, Ron. "Can America Conquer the Eighth Continent? We Put a Man on the Moon Almost 40 Years Ago. Now it is Time to Establish a Lunar Infrastructure That Will Challenge Us to Improve the Reliability of Space Transportation as Preparations Are Made for Journeys to Other Worlds." USA Today Nov. 2006: 14-16.
  • Johnson-Freese, Joan. "The New U.S. Space Policy A Turn Toward Militancy?" Science and Technology Winter 2007: 33-37,
  • Rentmeester, Lester F.. "Open Skies Policy and the Origin of the U.S. Space Program." Air Power History 51 (2004): 38-43
  • Rose, Alexander. "Giant Leaps...Off a Cliff: Why U.S. Space Policy is All Wrong." National Review Feb. 2005: 28.
  • U.S. National Debt Clock. 10 August 2007 <http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/>.

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