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The Call of Distant Worlds

             I strongly agree that space and its exploration should come to a halt for now and hopefully with more Technology, we can continue in the future Because of the risk of life, and the cost of the projects which we are really gaining nothing from.
             In the past years due to the exploration of space we have lost many lives. On Feb. 1, 2003 the Columbia Shuttle broke apart in flames about 203,000 feet over Texas, 16 minutes before it was supposed to touch down in Florida. All seven aboard were killed. This is just one of the many incidents that have taken places with space exploration. Other includes Jan. 28, 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven astronauts aboard, before landing because a faulty valve depressurized the spacecraft. Or June 29, 1971, Soyuz I spacecraft crash on return to Earth, Jan. 27, 1967 when Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died when a fire sweeps their command module during a ground test at Kennedy Space Center. This would come to suggest the use of unmanned space probes and shuttles. This can at least when there is a tragedy in the future, a fellow human will not have to be involved.
             The costs of going to space are in the millions, and the fact that it all can be lost to me just is not worth it. The shuttles were designed to fly 100 missions. In the last 113 flights 2 have been lost. The Space Station program aided the budget of the Columbia shuttle. This is at about $500 Million and is budgeted for seven flights per year. And is in its 28th mission. It was recently fresh off a $70 million dollar tune-up which sidelined it for 18 months. Not to mention the Spacesuits alone that cost 12 million each! Imagine if half the money was not spent on the Space program, there are other situations that are in need of this money.
             In conclusion, I feel we can learn a lot from exploring space and gain a lot more information, but I feel at the present time of war, it just is not worth to send people into space at the present time.

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