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Space Exploration

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Cierra Beck

on 24 March 2014

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Transcript of Space Exploration

Unexpected Consequences
Space Exploration
By the Dream Team

What's going on now?
Moral Issues
I believe you
Vladimir Surdin, Sternberg Astronomical Institute in Russia...

"It’s about 600 light-years from Earth – a distance that none of the contemporary or even any foreseeable future spacecraft would be able to cover. "
The fastest trip to the moon took 8 and a half hours...

The moon is approximately 4.0*10^-8 light years from earth.
Money doesn't grow on trees!
Current space shuttle missions travel with fewer than eight people at one time.
Cierra Beck, Erika Beyrent, Scott Curran
Cosmic rays- radiation made up of subatomic particles; penetrate through the human body and ionize particles= mutations

Our atmosphere protects us (well, what's left of it does!)

Career exposure limit for astronauts= 1000 millisieverts
Traveling to another solar system would exceed the "safe" amount

6 months in space= 100 millisieverts
To Mars and back = 662 millisieverts

Re-entering Earth's atmosphere...

We know what we have to do to enter Earth's atmosphere, but we don't know the same information about other planets.
MOON DUST...and who knows what else!

Apollo 17 learned the hard way.
How can we predict what similar or more dangerous substances might exist on other planets?
Property disputes: With increasing exploration and colonization of space, conflicts over property are inevitable. How would these disputes be settled, and who would be in charge of property distribution?
The Issue with Space...
More importantly, is colonizing and privatizing space morally justifiable? How can you buy or sell the earth?
Should we focus on space exploration when it's an experimental cause and there are more tangible problems in the world?
Is it worth it to spend money on finding other planets when we might never be able to travel to them?
So where does that leave us?
Space exploration holds great potential for the future of human existence, but do the moral consequences and risks outweigh the benefits at this point in time?
Space Holds Great Potential... For Crime
Barb Kelleher

Overcrowding is a serious national issue
The potential of living in space would create new land space
Solution to garbage disposal issues
Wouldn't have to pollute our earth
*Moral issues*
Creation of jobs
Could move trash to other planets
Spaceship Drivers
More scientists required
Masons needed to build homes and other structures
Health Care
Learn more about space
and other planets
Would We be Repeating Our Past Mistakes?
The United States has a bad track record when it comes to the treatment of "frontier" areas and their inhabitants.
The process of space colonization may have severe impacts on the space environment, and potentially other life forms native to extraterrestrial areas.
The vast expanses of outer space provide the perfect environment for crime to occur in, and bringing criminals to justice would take an extreme collaborative effort from all parties involved in space exploration.
Would allowing humans to populate space be worth the risk of a whole new level of criminal activity?

Who Would be Held Responsible for Criminal Actions in Space?

If space becomes an easily accessible place for humans to live and travel, there must be a universal law that holds everyone to equal standards and ensures that crime is prevented and prosecuted.
The justice system on Earth still has flaws, and must constantly evolve; just imagine how much more complex and in depth an outer space justice system would be.
Space exploration has proved to be both expensive and extremely dangerous.

During the
disintegration of 1986 an entire crew of ambitious astronauts lost their lives in a matter of 76 seconds, all due to a minor flaw in the rocket's structure.
While devoted individuals continue to pursue the exploration of space, many question and oppose the expansion of human-based space programs.
Is it morally justifiable to risk human life for what may end up being an overpriced and under-productive escapade?
It's All about the Money
Regardless of the potential benefits the space program promises, in the end, the program requires astronomical amounts of funding, which in the eyes of many, could be better spent elsewhere.
From the 1960's to 2011, the US Space Program cost a total of $196 Billion. In a country plagued by recessions, debt, high unemployment rates, and political unrest, launching billions of tax payers' dollars into space, just does not make sense.

Arguably, the moral obligation of the United States is to attempt to solve its tangible problems, before chasing stars.
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