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The Inconvenient Truth By Al Gore

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Ever since man first made contact with the moon in 1969, there has always been a continuous eagerness to gain more knowledge about the unknown realm of the universe. This has lead to countless endeavors in the dynamics outside of earth. On a study that was done in 2011, space shuttles flew around earth in a total of “135 missions starting with the Colombia in April 1981 and ending with Atlantis on July 21” (sciencenews.org, 2011). It is also recorded that NASA had conducted space trips that amounted to 542,398,878 miles traveled, or 21,156 orbits around earth, have spent a total of 1,332 days, 20 hours, 1 minute, and 34 seconds, and have flown 355 individuals between this span of time ...view middle of the document...

NASA has been cited for spending $20 billion dollars on cancelled projects due to “cost-overruns, mismanagement, or abrupt program changes at the start of each new administration, which has been costly to taxpayers, [and] has had a demoralizing impact on the NASA workforce and ultimately stunts U.S. competitiveness” (Harman, 2012)
According to a 2010 CNN/ORC poll, 50% of Americans agreed that the money spent for the space shuttle program, which was scrapped in 2011, should be spent elsewhere. And in a 2009 Gallup poll, the percentage of Americans who believed the U.S. space program should be terminated jumped four percentage points: From 4% to 8% in an 11-year period, from 1998-2001 (Adamu, 2012).
This leads to many taxpayers wondering if the government is properly spending their money. As beneficial and interesting space exploration is, one source believes “it’s not appropriate to spend taxpayers’ dollars on civilian science projects, no matter how exciting” (Gough, 1997). Critics of the funding of space exploration tend to have the views that “we can’t afford to pay for both aid to the poor and a large human space exploration program or any money that is spent on human space exploration should always be spent on aid to the poor instead” (Dan, 2012). These people believe that money used on space exploration is essentially a waste, and could be used for alternative motives such as directly aiding the poor through providing of food and shelter, and other worldwide phenomenon. However, this surplus of money towards a directed motive does not assure significant results.
“Evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that aid to Africa has made the poor poorer, and the growth slower… over the past 60 years at least $1 trillion of development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Yet real per-capita income today is lower than it was in the 1970s, and more that 50% of the population – over 350 million people – live on less than a dollar a day, a figure that has nearly double in two decades” (Moyo, 2009).
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