Recently, large numbers of of people have become concerned about spending our resources on exploring space. The question is, is investing in space exploration a good use of money, or would we be better off spending it on our lives here on Earth? This essay will argue that more needs to be done on Earth first.
To start with, too many of our people lack basic nutrition and access to clean water. Firstly, millions of people are starving despite the fact that the rich world is suffering from an obesity epidemic. For example, many African children die from starvation, or although they may have enough food to get through early childhood, the lack of basic nutrients, such as vitamins, means they are stunted and are more limited intellectually. Similarly, poor access to clean water for drinking, bathing, cooking, and sanitation means that diseases spread rapidly through the population. Cholera is an awful example of this. Sadly, all of these problems are readily preventable with a portion of the resources we devote to space.
Furthermore, it cannot be denied that we face a tremendous number of ecological problems in the world today. One area is air pollution. Global megacities, such as Beijing and Hong Kong, have suffered from this for years. People wear masks and even purchase fresh air from Switzerland so as not to be poisoned by the smog. Another area of concern is global warming and the destruction of the oceans. Mankind is destroying its home.
In conclusion, regardless of any scientific or economic benefits that may come from exploring space, it is obvious that humanity needs to invest its scarce resources at home first. I believe we cannot look outwards while our children suffer from preventable diseases and poor nutrition, and while we let our planet die.
In this lesson you will find
- a sample IELTS essay on space exploration
- a vocabulary exercise on academic word list
Space exploration requires vast sums of money. Is the amount of money spent on space research justifiable? Could the money be better spent?
There has always been considerable discussion about whether governments should spend tax payers’ money on space research. In my view it is impossible to justify the amount of money spent on such projects. Generally speaking, the main reason for this position is that there are several areas in which the money could be invested better.
The first point to make is that politicians have a responsibility to spend public money on projects that bring a benefit to the general public. This has not been the case with space research as most developments have been limited to helping astronauts in space or have been very specialised. For example, it is not of great value to the general public that we now have pens and biros that can write upside down. This does not merit the huge amount of money spent.
The second point to make is that there are many much more urgent projects on Earth that require investment. If governments spent less money on space research, then they would be able to help solve some of these problems such as population control, elimination of diseases like cholera, global warming and food shortages. It seems to me that all of these issues are more important because they affect the lives of millions of ordinary people. An illustration of this is that the US government could provide food for all the starving people in the world if they did not spend so much on NASA.
My conclusion is that politicians should not fund space research. The grounds for saying this are that it is very costly and provides few real benefits. Furthermore, there are several more urgent issues that need to be funded.