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NASA was chartered in 1958 to pursue the exploration of the area beyond the earth’s atmosphere. The Apollo moon program resulted in the first manned moon landing byApollo 11 on July 20, 1969.
There were a total of six moon landings between 1969 and 1972. The STS (Space Transportation System) program lasted from 1981 to 2011. It operated 135 space shuttle flights and ended on August 31, 2011.
NASA still exists today but no longer has any manned space capability and cannot even put a man on the international space station. There are a number of private companies that are planning to offer transportation options outside the earth’s atmosphere – including trips to and from the international space station.
One point of view says that space transportation is a function of NASA (or some similar organization) and should not be privatized. Another point of view says that space transportation is too important to be left solely to NASA (or some similar organization) and should definitely be privatized. Pick one side of the discussion and write a 2-page paper making a case for your chosen side of the argument.
Space Transportation Services Are Too Important To Be Left To Nasa Alone
Length: 2 pages (580 Words)
Space Transportation Services are Too Important to be left to NASA Alone
After several trips to the Moon and to Mars, NASA has in the recent years been quite dormant and inactive in issues regarding space exploration and any manned trips to outer space. In the wake of an ever tightening federal budget, it has become harder for NASA to initiate new projects or to continue with their space trips and this has raised the question of what space exploration means to the US and to the world and why private companies should also be allowed to participate in the process of space transportation. With space transportation system program having lasted for 31 years and having operated 135 trips, the last five years have been very inactive on the side of NASA with no single rocket or space shuttle launch (Hubbard, Davidian and Isakowitz). With the world being a very dynamic place filled with innovation, it is expected that in the near future, there will be aspects of space mining, space tourism which is an ongoing initiative by Virgin Atlantic which is one of the world’s largest airline companies.