Research Paper I - Rough Draft

Research Paper I - Rough Draft - Largent 1 Michael Largent...

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Largent 1 Michael Largent Mr. Boyt Advanced Writing 27 October 2008 To the Moon and Beyond T-minus Five…Four…Three…Two…One…Houston, we have no money! As the years go by, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) struggles more and more to receive funding from the United States government. While the U.S. is fighting two wars in the Middle East and the economy is grinding deeper and deeper in a recession, space and aeronautical exploration may seem less and less important to our country. Although NASA had successful missions during the Apollo Flights, recent failures within the shuttle missions has portrayed NASA to be more dangerous and unreliable than a beneficial agency to the United States. However, NASA is currently undergoing major changes that could end up allowing NASA to become a more safe and reliable organization. Therefore, NASA can once again become a valuable agency to the United States with more funding from the government. Currently, the main focus of the government’s budget is to fund the War in Iraq, War in Afghanistan, and the failing economy. In 2008 alone, the United States is expected to spend approximately $193 billion. In addition, the Joint Economic Committee has projected that the U.S. government could end up spending $3.5 trillion by 2017, roughly making each U.S. citizen pay $830 per year. Also, the cost of crude oil has increased since invading Iraq in 2003 (Teslik par. 5-11). Our economy has also contributed to a large portion in the government’s recent spending. Recently, to keep our economy out of a recession, the government spent $700 billion on a bailout package to buy out the failed mortgage loans given out by mortgage companies.
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Largent 2 With the large amount of spending sent to the troops and the struggling economy, there is very little funding left for NASA. To further understand NASA’s importance to earth, however, an overview of their history must be observed. NASA was first established in 1958 by Dwight D. Eisenhower responding to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik. Throughout the 1960’s under President Kennedy, NASA used the Apollo Missions to send men to the moon. In 1969, the United States became the first and only country to land men on the moon, exciting the nation and propelling America into a whirlwind of space exploration. Following the Apollo Missions, NASA began using the space shuttle instead of rockets. Currently, the space shuttle has had 120 successful flights since its debut in 1981. Internationally, the United States is one of sixteen nations contributing to the labor of building the International Space Station. Besides manned trips in space, NASA also successfully provides rover exploration of Mars’ terrain (“What does NASA do?” par. 1-5).
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