I have been up all night writing and reciting a speech that'd due by 3 PM today, hows your night been CC?

Here's the updated version with /u/Centrarchidae 's help

Space, the final frontier. We often hear the tales in both movies and TV shows, but what do these stories fundamentally mean? What is the dogmatic principle these stories are trying to tell us? Simply put, space is the last final endeavor as a species; it is the final expedition. Yet people seem to be more concerned with war and territory, when, in reality there is an entire other planet to occupy just a few billion miles away. The dilemma is we can’t get to it; not without an extensive space exploration program. Space exploration is vital in a plethora of different ways, but some people don’t feel that way. I would like to highlight their unfounded misgivings. Without a broad exploration of the sciences we wouldn’t have: Calculators, Cell phones, Digital watches, GPS, PC’s, Satellite TV, Velcro, and one of the most vital ones, water purifying systems. NASA is a proponent of the sciences. A lot of people think that NASA spends too much of the tax payers money, but the reality of it demonstrates that it it isn’t that much. NASA uses under 1% of the national budget every year. Each American spends around $9 on NASA per year. Compared to the military that is tiny, the US militaries budget is 643 billion dollars compared to NASA’s 17.5 billion. So, upon further inspection it's easy to recognize that NASA doesn’t cost the taxpayer much, but, if they had a higher and more generous budget they could send a man to Mars, send satellites or even people to the moons of Jupiter to explore there underground oceans and possibly find life. With a proper budget and the right people, NASA possesses the capability to explore more into the other terrestrial planets like Venus and Mercury. So why would we want to do this? Will it benefit us in any way? We would want to do this for the same reason Lewis and Clark explored America, curiosity. We even named a rover after it. Curiosity is currently on the surface of Mars. It is the quintessential spark that drives people. Man would find fire or the wheel like they would look to the heavens. It's not a mistake that men named stars. Yes, it would benefit everyone by expanding the space program and we would be gifted with phenomenal new technologies, not only in the sense that it would be good person to person, but that it could help our entire planet as a globalizing benefit. Global warming is a terrible issue right now and NASA is one of the main lead contributors to combat it with science and reason; not just a politicians say. However, with such a minimal Federal budget there isn’t much that they can do right now to help. So now we know the benefits of space exploration, why won't some lofty billionaire step forward? Fortunately, one has. Elon Musk is the CEO of both Tesla Motors and Space. He works as a contractor for NASA and is currently designing one of the space craft designed to take astronauts to the International Space Station. Elon Musk has been quoted on saying he would like to put 1 million people on Mars by 2100. Less than 1 century away. That is 10,000 trips carrying 100 people each. Claims like these like these may sound a little far-fetched but it is by no means impossible.

What motivation does a billionaire who already has a perfect life here on Earth have to care enough for us to go to Mars so adamantly? Well, the unfortunate truth is Earth isn’t going to last us forever and in fact, we are going to run out of oil in 53.3 years at our current consumption rates.. That’s one of the primary reasons we need to go to Mars, another being food. We can’t produce enough food now to sustain everyone so of course that’s just going to get worse the longer we wait. It should be a priority to promote a colonization on mars so that we can farm. It’s too late for Earth, at this point it’s the sad truth. Earth is scarred by thousands of years of human civilization. Mars is fresh and new, Jupiter’s moons have more water than all of Earth currently and really we can’t stay here forever, and we can’t leave without NASA. NASA can’t help us leave without a higher budget. NASA is the key to humanity surviving past the year 2100.

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