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Has the human race really explored space?

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Started: 11/18/2019 Category: Places-Travel
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As a teenager, I've been told many times that I remind people of a conspiracy theorist. I think I make up for what our generation lacks in: critical thinking. I've never been one to takes information at full face value without doing research of my own and I've been surprised at how much stuff doesn't line up nowadays. It makes me think "why hasn't anyone else seen this or thought of this? " and the only reasonable explanation is their lack of critical thinking. Our society is really good at eating what they're being fed, Especially when it comes to media. We're very quick to trust and not question everything that's out there, When really the people who run the world could be telling us anything. This brings me to my argument: Have men really stepped foot on the moon? Are our leaders really thinking of Mars to be inhabitable? Or is this all just a hoax to distract us from what their really doing (which, For me, Can be a whole other debate by itself). If you think about it, Every time man has gone into space, They've never really brought anything tangible back. And it's not until someone questions them about it that they come up with excuses like "Oh, It's because the tank blew up on the way back" or "The package didn't survive re-entering into out atmosphere" This I could believe at some point, But as many times as we've so called "been out into space", There should be some tangible evidence of this. Another thing that led me to this conclusion is the Internet having so many pictures of space. If you think about the composition of a camera versus an entire galaxy, It is scientifically not possible (at this current moment) to modify a camera in such a way as taking pictures of whole stars, Planets and galaxies. These organisms emit so much energy that it would be invisible to any camera lens that we have, Including those made by some of the smartest and innovative engineers in the world. If you search galaxies and stars on the Internet, You'll cross a picture every now and them that very closely resembles something you might see in the ocean, Like coral or algae. I think they have people that create and fabricate these images to look like something we've never seen before so it's more believable. And for the whole man on the moon situation. I love how we like to pretend that Hollywood can't make all kinds of things happen. They could've easily created a set per someone's request and gotten money to fund and make it as realistic as possible. This brings me back to my starting argument: Why haven't we seen any evidence of space travel? More importantly, Why (if they have it) would they hide it from us? Wouldn't we want to know if our world had made such a huge bound in discovery? They swear nothing they've seen is dangerous, So why can't we see too?


Making a dent in the logical issues I find in the statements that "cecilbclarke" has made would give me a headache and detract from the topic of debate. I'd be busy trying to understand why simple ideas haven't gotten through to him, Then attempt to at least expose him to sources that he can use to find out his own interpretation of the evidence, And maybe finally I'd reach a response to the debate topic. Instead of being this person's teacher or parent, I will instead address them directly with this statement:

Please research imagery technology to include powerful optical telescope arrays and the many telescopes which can detect infrared radiation, Gamma rays, X-rays and more. There are so many technologies that currently exist to be able to detect with high accuracy the presence of a celestial object/phenomena that I believe it is intellectually dishonest to entertain the possibility that they are figments of someone's elaborate imagination, Much less suggest that the work of billions of man-hours, The experience, The families broken, The technologies innovated, Etc. That went into these technologies were also fictional. -- Very respectfully, A Concerned Human Being

"Has the human race really explored space? "

I could interpret this multiple ways.

Does the author of the question mean to emphasize the lack of progress that humans have made in exploring space? ". . . Really explored space? "

To this, I would say no, We have not explored space much at all in any regard to progress. It is so vast that billions of light-years would have to pass just to GET TO THE OTHER SIDE of it, So we have a long ways to go to explore that which is in our near vicinity, Before we even hope to start the journey of full exploration. By "explored", I assume that the author intended that we are going out into space, Finding things we haven't yet seen, And moving from solar-system to galaxy to supercluster observing each object for what it is, Not so much understanding each object for what it can be; the latter would require such an astronomical amount of time to fulfill, That it is much more realistic to entertain the process of simple observation rather than minute analysis.

Or does the author mean to ask whether or not we have explored space whatsoever?

I can say that yes, We have explored space a small amount. We have been to the moon, Sent machines to Mars, And continually scan space from telescope satellites in our orbit. Our footprint is very small so far, But we have been and continue to make steps in increasing it.

By "explore", Does the author mean physical exploration, Or exploration beyond our solar-system, Or exploration of a single celestial object in our solar-system, Or do they mean exploration by observation of what our telescopes have detected?

In either case, I would say yes, We have explored space somewhat. Referring to the aforementioned, It is with small footprint and very little progress that we have done so, But we have both witnessed space from an observational standpoint here on Earth in addition to being out there physically to witness it in first-hand account.
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