I’ve been spending hours in the library researching for my final paper of the semester, and I’ve found some disturbing trends. The arguement topic I am focusing on is that we should invest heavily in space exploration. I’m only allowed to use the school database for my sources, so I’ve been limited to academic journals, magazines, papers, books, and newspapers.
What I’ve been finding is that the only con arguement (and I’ve only found them in newspaper editorial sections, suggesting that educated people generally support the funding of NASA) to funding space exploration is that we could be spending that same amount of money somewhere else. However, the same people that argue about how expensive it is also agree that there is a far greater return on the investment. It’s extremely contradictory.
What it boils down to is that government officials are treating NASA as a special intrest group instead of national intrest group, and this is happening even though the support and funding of NASA is generally bipartisan. It’s why when I say something like, “We can help fix the economy, national debt, and the outsourcing of jobs by funding NASA…” I am automatically cast aside as someone promoting my own intrests.
But at the end of all this research, what I’m actually finding is that the solution to many of our Earthly problems is truly right in front of our faces, and it’s NASA. This isn’t a joke or a cheap plug! In this modern age of a technologically driven economy, we need STEM everything more than ever. NASA has an amazing track record for advancing a huge plethora of STEM fields.
We, as a nation, need to step back and very seriously consider that even if a lot of people don’t really care about exploring space, we care about the economy which means we need more STEM and we need it in the fastest, cheapest, and most reliable way. That’s NASA.