Should civilians be allowed on what is basically an experimental launch vehicle

Should civilians be allowed on what is basically an experimental launch vehicle

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1. Should civilians be allowed on what is basically an experimental launch vehicle? Yes, I feel that civilians should be allowed on the space shuttle. There have been two horrific disasters in the last 25 years that have occurred with NASA however the benefits of having civilians on-board the shuttle outweigh the negatives. Many of the civilians that are allowed in Space are scientist that could contribute vast amounts of knowledge and insight to new technologies. If they are not allowed in Space, all we are doing is hindering our own advancement. 2. What are the ethical implications of allowing civilians on what is basically an experimental launch vehicle? I don’t think there are many ethical implications that go along with allowing a civilian on an experimental launch vehicle. For example the big question is “What happens if there is a mishap where everyone gets killed or severely injured?” The answer to this question could be answered from our past experience with an incident of this scale. The launch of
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Unformatted text preview: these experimental launch vehicles are always in the public eye and an incident during this time or any other maybe tough to handle emotionally for many of the onlookers regardless of whether or not there are civilians onboard. The incident with the Challenger in 1986 was more of a publicity stunt gone incredibly wrong. It had everyone in the country watching and that is why it had the outcome it did. Many people were scarred emotionally from the tragic event, but that does not mean it is morally wrong for a civilian to be on board. Would the emotional outcome have been any different if they were all astronauts onboard and still had the same amount of publicity? Would people have felt any less hurt watching Astronauts die vice a civilian teacher? I think not. The ethical implications from having a civilian onboard an experimental launch vehicle are not different from having an astronaut onboard. A person will always be a person regardless of their occupation or position....
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