Scratch Sea Funds or Support Space Structures?
Deep sea exploration and far out space travel are both important factors contributing to growing education and knowledge of the unknown or challenging to access. Diving deep down to the depths of our own local oceans provides us with more insight to our own Earth. Deep seas have become one of the last places on Earth, man has been unable to achieve accessibility.
The same is true for our solar system. Beaming up into space has become a difficult goal yet both space exploration and deep ocean hunts are possible with the aid of advanced technology. This leaves both areas accessible, but which travel is more beneficial and necessary? Our own domestic oceans versus the unexplored space, a controversial discussion arises.
With over 372,000 miles of coastline on our planet and over ⅓ of total human population living within 60 miles of these oceanic coasts, the accessibility appears easy. It seems as if we can literally walk right in and start our explorations of the deep sea.
The access to oceans and getting there is the easiest part, reaching the extreme depths of our oceans is, alone, humanly impossible. Unknown evidence lays thousands of feet under the visible surface layer of the ocean. The challenge with explorations of our oceans is within the actual, physical reality of accessing these areas.
If we evaluate the factors that reside in accessibility, water pressure and bursting bones become the main issue. As you dive deeper down into the ocean, the amount of water pressure increases causing harmful results. For every, about, 10 meters dove, the pressure increase by almost 15 psi. These pressures destroy human bodies. Bones start to break (explode really) as well as eardrums to burst. Diving down and exploring creates a challenge.
New advanced products have been made to assess such areas but are expensive, heavy and challenging to engineer. The explorations of our oceans post challenging issues that the modern day oceanographers struggle with. The accessibility of our oceans seem so easy however are a lot more challenging than reaching space. Space accessibility, being so far away, to the average human appears difficult to reach.
However, more people have visited space than the deepest parts of our oceans. Around 500 people have visited space since the explorations were made possible, whereas only 3 have been able to reach the deepest parts of the ocean, being about 11,000 meters.
As mentioned earlier, deep sea travel requires advanced technology, difficult to be engineered. The same is true for space explorations. All the scientific research done to figure out how to get from Earth, out of the ozone, and into the galaxy, demand large sums in order to accomplish such research. About $17 billion has gone into funding for space programs. These monstrous rocketships and satellites necessitate the most advanced construction.
With deep ocean explorations, the costs and funds round to about $7 billion, mostly because there have not been as many missions to sea as there have been missions to space. Seems a little inequal within funding for such important projects. Not exactly. Constructions of space mobiles should cost more because some of them contain human life inside, that needs to be kept alive. Also, launching into space takes so much more effort to accomplish than diving into our oceans because of physics and the way gravity works in our universe. $7 billion is seemingly right for ocean funding because it is a little less challenging than beaming out of our own planet. To conclude, these funding prices do seem logical when considering other factors within each topic.
Putting all logical reasoning aside I contribute a more ethical stand point to the issue. The growth and understandings of both our deep seas and outer space are lacking. The public domain has no insight to the explorations being done within each subject.
Of course we must make sure we have correct funding and accessibility to these projects but if we are never educated on such topics it becomes hard for the public to understand. This leads to theories created and flooded into the minds of the public. There is such a big fear of aliens and wonder because the research done has never been shared. People fear diving because they only understand the harms of sharks. It is important that we continue to equally support both of these topics in order to further educate people about the truths behind them.
Also, these occupations are not highly popular. An American who wants to study space is limited to Texas, Florida and D.C. We must spread those limited ideas into the public domain, for lack of understanding and occupational popularity within.
The limited amount of people who do study in these areas contribute important knowledge when understanding our oceans and space. It’s not common to say that you have been beamed up to space or have been able to reach the deepest parts of our oceans.
To add, by exploring both of these topics we also become closer to finding out if we face and real harm in the future. Unknown scientific issues could lay at the bottom of the sea or far away in the realms of space. Continuation of these research projects can help us discover potential harms we could face in the future. For example, oceanography has contributed to the discovery of global warming. This finding has ramped up a deeper insight to the issue, such as how to prevent it and why it happens.
We must explore both areas, not one more than the other, but yet both to large extents in order to possibly prevent further harms, and to educate generations on the unknown. There should be no limitations or debate of whether one should be supported more than the other. Each issue had its own unique benefits that helps expand the human intelligence as well as societal advancements.
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