I affirm the resolution which states Resolved: The benefits of NASA’s space exploration program justify the cost. The definition of space exploration is the ongoing discovery and exploration of celestial structures in outer space by means of continuously evolving and growing space. The definition of justify is to show or prove to be right or reasonable. I believe that discovering and exploring space does justify the cost. People might say “Congratulations, America was the first nation to land on the moon. But what tangible benefits to mankind have occurred as a result?”, and to that I would say: The space race was technological focus that accelerated advances in multiple areas of science, technology and medicine without a shooting war. There is not one country that would not benefit from from the science involved in space exploration. New ways of water and air purification, food storage and safety, preservation of food that can safely be eaten YEARS later, solar panels that generate power with no pollution, advances in microelectronics that help foster other developments, serious advances in medicine including remote-monitoring and robotic-assisted surgeries. (Source Wallace Fowler, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics | July 21, 2014). For example, because of the massive technological advances made for the Hubble Space Telescope, we can develop further aspects of the machinery and use them for detecting breast cancer. This provides another, less expensive, invasive and time consuming alternative to surgery. This also lowers the cost of health care. ¬†¬†¬†technology.http://planetary-science.org/planetary-science-3/exploration-2/an-introduction-to-space-exploration/ My second point is that it is worth investing money in the space exploration program because if we don’t they wont even have enough money to do anything. People wouldn’t have most of the technology they have today, and the technology that NASA did not create they have most likely improved in some way. One example of this is the insulation in your home. According to the California Institute of Technology NASA was the one that developed insulation from aluminized polyester called Radiant Barrier. It is used today in most homes across the country. Another example is wireless headphones. When astronauts were in space they needed to be hands free and without wires so they invented these. They are still used today, although a little more updated. The also invented artificial limbs, computer mouses, and portable computers. Most of these are parts of your everyday life, and you have NASA to thank for that.My third and final point is that NASA’s space exploration program helps earth’s environment, too. Space exploration alone has produced pollution measuring and controlling devices, as well as predicting, noticing, and monitoring radiation, fires, and diseases. According to Barry Lefer, a NASA scientist, air pollution is responsible for at least 150,000 deaths a year. While NASA is working on technology to improve air quality for space exploration, they are also helping improve air quality for everyone. Every life is priceless, and my partner and I believe that no amount of money is too much to help save lives. If you believe that, you will vote for the affirmative ballot.