Ender's Game-Space Exploration

Ender's Game-Space Exploration
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Anthony McDaniel Period 7

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  • Introduction
  • "The Soviet Union launched the Sputnik 1 satellite, the first artificial object to orbit the Earth, in October 1957. This achievement marked the dawn of the space exploration age, as Soviet success prompted the United States to establish the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Another milestone was reached in July 1969, when American astronauts traveling with the Apollo 11 mission became the first humans to set foot on the moon." (Space Exploration).
  • We should not continue space exploration because of competetion.
  • "Space exploration holds increased potential for competition and conflict, making it a possible future area of focus for foreign policy and national security issues. Some commentators have opined that America's current space program is too dependent on outside nations, some of whom could emerge as major rivals for American dominance of commercialized space." (Space Exploration).
  • Narration
  • "We did not mean to murder, and when we understood, we never came again. We thought we were the only thinking beings in the universe, until we met you" (Card, 321)
  • Confirmation Novel
  • Space exploration has always been a competitive thing.
  • Confirmation  Research Source
  • "Back in the 1960s, the story was obvious. Space travel tapped into the grand narrative of our dominance over the Russians in the larger battle between good and evil."-"hese days, the technological advances that get us fired up have to do not with outward exploration but with maximizing our own efficiency—better and more-versatile phones, for instance." (The Thrill Is Gone)
  • Though technology may be improving, the "competition" and "conflict" (Space Exploration) of exploring space is increasing.
  • Concession/Refutation
  • We need to explore space to find a new, inhabitable planet so that we can exist somewhere else than Earth; just-in-case Earth is put into danger.
  • The buggers' exploration of space ended up being the thing that lead to their extinction.
  • Conclusion
  • With all of the problems on earth, there is no reason to go elsewhere; don't let your kid become an astronaut, make him a politician. 
  • The thrill of Space Exploration is gone, so we shouldn't try to get funds for it.
  • "[There where] 34.5 billion metric tons of Carbon emissions in 2012" (Pollution). We need to focus on the important problems we are already facing today, such as the amount of pollution we are putting into the environment 
  • We need to solve current problems with actual solutions before going onto another planet.
  • Don't let people have their heads in the clouds (literally).
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