Nasa Opinion Essay

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Cindy Denton
Earth Science
NASA Opinion Essay
4/12/13

Humans are inquisitive creatures by nature. Humans always want to know where they have been and where they can go. It started as simply migrating for food, and then advanced to sailing for slave labor and spices. Spices led to power struggles. Power struggles led to the birth of new countries, such as America. And even within America, there have been travels and migrations for everything from religion and race to gold and jobs. The biggest migrations in human history (thus far), however, are the voyages into space. This would not have been remotely possible without NASA. The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Space Program began in 1958. NASA was formed to create public interest in space exploration, as well as to conduct scientific research. Throughout the years, NASA has accomplished several tasks. Although they lost the space race with the Soviet Union, they were the first to successfully send a man to the moon (Apollo 11). Neil Armstrong could not have been more correct when he famously said “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Perhaps one of the more modern successes, however, is the NASA space shuttle program. With the space shuttles, NASA has been able to send more people into space. This in turn leads to more discoveries – both in space, and in developing and improving the space shuttles themselves. The new discoveries involving the space shuttles are very important, as they can help to reduce failing missions and possible fatalities of those onboard. Obviously, the new findings in space are important, as that is the entire purpose of the space shuttle program. Personally, I love the photos they have provided. It is fascinating to look at the planets, stars, and colors. Additionally, the space shuttle program has been internationally unifying. Sixteen total countries have taken part in the program, whether that is in the planning, construction,...
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