One Small Step or a Giant Leap


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One Small Step or a Giant Leap

  1. 1. A study into who a mission to Mars would benefit and in what way, by looking at the power certain groups have such a mission and the Kairos (today’s opportunity) of going to Mars.<br />Mars: Small Step or a Giant Leap?<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Neil Armstrong landed on moon in 1969.<br />The next goal for human space exploration is to put a man on Mars.<br />NASA, along with other international space organizations, are currently performing tests and planning to go to Mars.<br />
  3. 3. NASA would have clear benefits from an American funded mission to Mars, as it is part of their mission to “reach for new heights and reveal the unknown.”<br />
  4. 4. Power<br />Kairos<br />NASA hopes to get a man on Mars by 2037 (Griffin)<br />Designing a rocket<br />Training astronauts<br />Performing test runs<br />Receiving enough funding<br />Going there and back<br />Numerous Economic incentives<br />18,000 employees (“Space”)<br />400,000 people from over 20,000 firms and universities worked on Apollo (“NASA”)<br />Space advocacy organizations (“Public”)<br />NASA needs the support of the American people.<br />
  5. 5. Americans are very evenly divided on the subject, with 51% believing the US should send astronauts to Mars (Montopoli)<br />
  6. 6. Power<br />Kairos<br />There is a new space race<br />China National Space Administration is taking part in mock Mars landing (“Simulation”)<br />Winning would boost national pride<br />Costs<br />Public debt is already over $14 trillion (“US”).<br />limited.<br />Politicians can generally act in their own interests.<br />During the Apollo program (1965-69) 40% of Americans wanted to cut space funding, yet only 14% wanted an increase (Launius). <br />Americans must rely on their elected government.<br />
  7. 7. The US government makes the final decision on where funding goes.<br />
  8. 8. Power<br />Kairos<br />Economics<br />The recent bailout cost $4.72 trillion (“Total”)<br />Mars mission estimates range all the way from $20-450 billion (Rincon)<br />Political careers<br />A politician who comes out in favor of space exploration tends to win the respect of the people.<br />Ultimate decision maker<br />The House of Representatives recently passed a bill giving NASA $58 billion over the next three years (Associated)<br />Barack Obama is committed to manned spaceflight (Obama).<br />Still must ensure it has the support of the American people<br />
  9. 9. Outcomes<br />Manned mission to Mars likely in this century<br />NASA must be able to get the US government to appropriate enough funding to such a mission<br />An involved, interested, and unified American people hold ultimate power over their government<br />
  10. 10. Works Cited<br />Associated Press. “Congress backs Obama plan on NASA’s future.” 30 Sept. 2010. The Oakland Press. 21 Feb. 2011.<br />Griffin, Michael. International Astronautical Congress. Hyderabad, India. 24 Sept. 2007.<br />Launius, Roger D. “Public opinion polls and perceptions of US human spaceflight.” Elsevier. 2003.<br />Montopoli, Brian. “Poll: Americans Say U.S. Should Go To Mars.” 20 July 2009. CBS News. 21 Feb. 2011. <br />“NASA Langley Research Center’s Contributions to the Apollo Program.” NASA. 22 Feb. 2011. <br />Obama, Barack. Kennedy Space Center. Florida. 15 April 2010.<br />“Public Opinion of the American Space Program.” NASA. Feb. 2010. 22 Feb. 2011. <br />Rincon, Paul. “Will we ever send humans to Mars?” 5 Oct. 2007. BBC News. 21 Feb. 2011. <br />“Simulation crew takes first steps on mock Mars.” MSNBC. 14 Feb. 2011. 22 Feb. 2011. <br />“Space Organizations Part 1: NASA - Nasa's Workforce.” Library Index. 2011. 21 Feb. 2011. <br />“Total Wall Street Bailout Cost.” Source Watch. Sept. 2010. 22 Feb. 2011. <br />“US Debt Clock.” 21 Feb. 2011.<br />