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My partner and I confirm that the benefits of NASA’s space explorations justifies the cost. In this debate my partner and I will show that not only is the cost justified it is minimal compared to the benefits gained from NASA’s space exploration programs. The space race was technological focus that accelerated advances in many areas of science, technology, and Medicine. This is almost without earlier events in history. We have recently seen the unique international research facility, the International Space Station. It’s hard to put a economic value on international cooperation, but the space station has recently been the focus of a nomination campaign for the Nobel Peace Prize. Robotics, computers, photography, fuel cells, and many other key technology got big boosts from space-related research and development.Here is an example of space related research and development that help the people of this Earth. NASA’s continued funding and its collective innovations in shock-absorbant and comfortable material has inspired them to make new and better animal and human protheses. Developments such as Environmental Robotics Inc’s has an artificial muscle system with with robotic sensing and capabilities for us in NASA space robotic and extravehicular activities are being created for a more functional artificial limb.  Many of us our told that we have a limited amount of natural resources. We have developed technology that allows us to use alternate sources to power our homes, fuel our cars, and run our technology dependent lives. For example, Hydrogen Fuel cell generate electricity with only two products heat and water. Unfortunately, hydrogen cost to much to have on Earth. However, we have several gas giants in our solar system where it is available. Clothes and vehicle interiors are more fire resistant because of research after the Apollo fire. Weather forecasting is more accurate because of the satellite monitoring. Monitoring from space can detect forest fires, oil spills, aquifer depletion, and downed aircraft. We can go on the Internet with electronics while flying in an airplane almost anywhere in the world. We are more connected than ever, both in our everyday activities and in emergency situations.Medicine has been revolutionized by the space program. We learned to monitor orbiting astronauts, pioneering telemedicine and leading to unprecedented improvements in patient monitoring, in and out of hospitals. Research into astronaut bone calcium loss has led to better understanding and treatment of osteoporosis. Digital mammography is a direct application of space data reduction processes.The price tag for all of this is not small. Then again, it is not that big when viewed in context. For 2016, the NASA budget is $19.3 billion, out of the $3.95 trillion in federal spending. That means the United States gives  about 0.5% of its $3.95 trillion budget to all things space-related. Which includes environmental monitoring, aircraft engineering and other Earth-based functions in addition to human space exploration and robotic probes. If you are talking specifically about NASA’s planetary science program (New Horizons at Pluto, Cassini at Saturn, etc), that comes to $1.63 billion in 2016, or about 0.04% of the federal budget.These are the reasons NASA’s Space Exploration justifies its cost.

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