Opposing Viewpoints Series
For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. In short, Opposing Viewpoints is the best research and learning tool for exploring the issues that continually shape and define our turbulent and changing world.
Table of Contents
Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11
Chapter 1 What Is the Role of Space Exploration in the Modern World?
Chapter Preface 18
1 Humanity Should Begin Planning for Interstellar Space Travel Nelson Bridwell 20
2 NASA Should Continue to Receive Funding CJ Miozzi 26
3 NASA and the Federal Government Waste Taxpayer Money Douglas Cobb 32
4 Space Tourism Needs an 'Orbital Megabus' to Truly Lift Off Mark Johnson 36
5 Space Tourism Is Not Worth the Human Risk Adam Rogers 41
Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 46
Chapter 2 Where in Space Should Humans Explore?
Chapter Preface 48
1 Humans Should Colonize Mars Louisa Preston 50
2 Should We Colonize the Moon? And How Much Would It Cost? Noah Davis 55
3 Humans Should Resume Exploring the Moon and Outer Space Joseph Mascaro 62
4 Humans Should Begin Efforts to Colonize Venus Evan Ackerman 67
Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 74
Chapter 3 What Are the Politics of Space Exploration?
Chapter Preface 76
1 Private Industry Is the Future of Space Exploration Andrew L. Peek 79
2 Privatized Space Exploration Has Disadvantages and Benefits Agence France-Presse 85
3 The United States Should Reignite the Space Race Erin Wallace 89
4 The United States Should Invest in Oceans Before Space Michael Conathan 94
5 China's Space Program Threatens the United States Yasmin Tadjdeh 101
6 China's Space Program Does Not Threaten the United States Jaganath Sankaran 110
Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 118
Chapter 4 What Is the Science Behind Space Exploration?
Chapter Preface 120
1 Nuclear Power Is the Spacecraft Fuel of the Future Rob Eubank 123
2 Nuclear Power in Space Is Dangerous Karl Grossman 130
3 Life Could Exist Elsewhere in the Universe Stephen Morgan 138
4 Human Hibernation Could Benefit Space Travel Matt Williams 143
5 Human Hibernation Can Benefit Space Travel but Presents Numerous Challenges Mary Beth Griggs 148
6 3-D Printing Could Revolutionize Space Exploration Mark Williamson 154
7 3-D Printing Will Not Revolutionize Space Exploration in the Near Future Dan Leone 163
Periodical and Internet Sources Bibliography 167
For Further Discussion 168
Organizations to Contact 171
Bibliography of Books 177