2015年10月11日托福独立写作范文：It's a waste of money for Government to fund space travel or space exploration。
With the development of science, finance and technology, a growing number of countries are now positively battling on terms of space travel and space exploration, and meanwhile more and more people are also debating on the rationality of such behavior. For me, I think the answer to this question whether it’s a waste of time for governments to fund such programs depends on mainly two factors: first, economic and social affordability; second, rational necessity.
To start with, economic and social affordability is of great importance when answering this question. For countries in North America and Europe, which are traditionally more economic-developed countries, spending money on space exploration is economically attainable, which means that the spending won’t by any means affect the government’s normal operation, and also won’t disrupt their civilians’ daily life. The same is true of my homeland, China, the newly fast-developing country, which has equipped itself with well-established physical facilities and scientific strength for space surveys. However, formost underdeveloped countries which are not rich enough, however hard they would like to perform the programs, they might just be wasting the time. Some of them are not only bounded with economic burdens, busy dealing with problems related to food and clothing, but are not stable enough to pacify the common folks as well. If the poor hear about this news that their government is going to spend money on space instead of caring about their hard life, chances are that social contradictions will burst out and evolve into large-scale unrest. Such possibilities are even higher in areas filled with people of different religious believes. Under such conditions, how could we expect such funding not to be a waste of time?
From what I have analyzed above, we could clearly see the importance of economic and social affordability as aprerequisite. And now let’s put another point: rational necessity, in other words, the significance. Even if a government has equipped itself with adequate economic and social conditions, we have to judge whether such funds are reasonable enough. This depends on the government’s short-term targets and long-term goals. What positions should we put space travel, the symbol of high technology and international dignity, on the list-to-do? After the reduce ofregional disparity, or before the construction of rural educational infrastructure? It varies according to regional and periodical traits. In along-term view, funding space travel and space exploration is definitely beneficial: Such technology is of great use in civil communication and military reconnaissance, and the master of it can deter many potentially hostile countries and to defend national security. However, space-related programs areof long time cycle and also technologically risky, so the repay of success will be long-drawn and hard. So should we do it now or after, soon or later, to maximize the funds’ use for the whole society? Thus clever development strategies are also important.
In a word, I firmly believe that the funding for space affairs is never something that should be called ‘waste’,because this enterprise is highly meaningful and beneficial; however, whether it will truly cause the unworthy loss of time depends on the richness and stability of the region, and also the correctness of the government’s strategy.
Nowadays, an increasing number of citizens arediscussing the recent launch of ShenZhou carrierrocket. While there are some people who claim thatthis kind of launch is a waste of money or timebecause it could not bring any benefits for citizens, Ihold a different opinion. From my perspective, space exploration is necessary.
Admittedly, space travel or space exploration would waste a large sum of money. Byspending much money on doing research regarding outer space life, government loses theirfocus on civil life where many people are suffering from starvation, air pollution andepidemics. Under this circumstance, there is no doubt that people would complain aboutgovernment’s aloft behaviors. However,if viewing from a different angle, space exploration isa long time investment. Never should we expect the journey would bring immediate economicreturns to the country. In this case, space travel and space exploration is quite helpful for thecountry.
To begin with, space exploration might bring benefits for us to search for new energyresource. That is to say, other planets may be rich in certain kinds of resources that are ingreat shortage on the earth. According to the report released after the exploration to theMars, the officials from NASA confirms that Mars contains a great volume of natural gas andiron. Moreover, engineers have also noticed that these resources on the planet are able toexplore, and if they could solve the problem of long time transportation, these resourcescould be used on the earth. Consequently, the use of natural gas will not consume burning ofpetroleum and make our planet a better place to live in.
In addition, space exploration aims to improve level of technology. In other words, it isthe development of advanced technology that makes it possible to explore the outer space. Itis usually the case that without the technology of launching satellite into the space, it isimpossible for people to conduct research. As a result, scientists have to improved theirknowledge in related areas so that they could guarantee the launch of these rockets, as wellas satellites. Meanwhile, to ensure astronauts’ safety in the outer space, scientists have torepeated work on their suits in order to keep astronauts away from radioactivity. Also, to fillwith enough oxygen, scientists have to run encapsulation tests again and again. Only if theseequipment are guaranteed can astronauts be safely working in the outer space.
To sum up, the seemly useless space exploration would cost a large sum of money; however, this space activity could still bring benefits in both new energy searching andtechnology improvement.