Should the Next President of the US Support Space Travel?
Is Space Travel Expensive?
Absolutely. It can costs millions of dollars to perform a single launch. Even more when you are talking about a manned mission to a distant planet.
However, there are companies looking to fix this problem. SpaceX is already trying to get orbital flights for under 1 million dollars. This would be a huge innovation in the world of space travel. Other companies are doing similar things. Using completely different sources of fuel is one way space travel could be cheaper. In the past, we did not have access to solar power and wind power. Now, that is an option.
Now don't get confused. I am not saying these types of power could work for space travel, I am just giving a few examples.
Do we Truly Benefit From Space Travel?
This is where there is a lot of controversy. Some people believe that space travel is a complete waist of time. "There are hundreds of problems here on Earth. Why waist billions of dollars exploring our universe?"
However, others believe space travel is amazing. "Wow! Just think, one day humans could live across the galaxy on multiple planets. That would be incredible!"
I believe that space travel is something that the next president of the United States should support. I realize that space travel is not something that is cheap. I also realize that it is something that does not offer direct benefits to us here on Earth. However, you must look deeper than this.
Technologies are evolving greatly. I believe that space travel will soon become the new commute. This may sound extreme, but we are already planning to put humans on Mars within the next 20 years! Just a few years ago, we had never dreamed of putting someone on the Moon. This shows how fast space travel is evolving.
Earlier I said that space travel does not offer direct benefits to us humans on Earth. I never said it offered no benefits. Imagine the following scenario. An asteroid is hurdling towards Earth and is expected to hit in two months. If we have an advanced space program, we would be able to intercept that asteroid and deal with it. Without a space program, nothing could be done and we would surely be hit.
An extreme example, but it very well could happen.
Asteroid Hitting Earth
Which Presidential Candidate Supports Space Travel?
Donald Trump. He believes space travel is the way of the future. While rival Hillary Clinton believes otherwise.
I wont state my opinion on who I believe should win the presidency, but I will say this. I fully believe in what Donald Trump says. Humanity has always had a goal. That goal is to advance as a society and explore. Space travel does both of those.