Space travel：a waste of money? Do you agree or disagree?
A criticism often heard these days is that money and resources spent on space projects tend to be wasted and contribute little to the social development of a country or a community. As a consequence, some people say the money would be better spent on more urgent projects such as education, health and the environment. I personally disagree with this point of view for two key reasons.
Firstly, the money is well spent in this area because, broadly speaking, space exploration has indeed benefited society and its people in many ways. With the wide application of highly intelligent equipment and technologies induced by space research, modern people tend to live a more comfortable and convenient lifestyle. For example, improved modern technology, such as weather forecasting, environmental monitoring, navigation and cell phones, has brought the living standards of contemporary people to a much high level. This would be highly unlike to be achieved without taking advantage of the exploits of space. The space industry therefore, attracts more investment than simple social projects, because the practical benefits are so valuable to mankind.
What also makes space research a target for funding than other areas, all over the world, is the improved national profile of countries, led by huge progress made in this field. For instance, the probing of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, and the existence of all manner of space stations, satellites and probes have certainly helped established the USA as a superpower. Also, as soon as China launched its Shenzhou VII spaceship, it gained a great deal of recognition worldwide. This could in turn bring more potential benefits, such as a booming tourism industry, increased job opportunities and enormous investment from large companies or organizations.段尾，将以上两点总结到一句话里，再一个总结句表明立场。简洁是关键。
In conclusion, space research development brings many technological and financial benefits, which make it an extremely worthwhile project for the human race. I therefore contend that the existing funding allocated to this scientific area should not be suspended.
Space exploration = space project, space research, space industry, area, programme, exploits of space.
People= human beings, mankind, contemporary people, individuals, individual people, humanity,
类似的文章里都可以提到各种科技的应用对人类生活质量的巨大影响，除范文里提到的，别的得益于太空发展的科技还包括：personal computers, freeze-dried food, heart pacemakers, weather and communication satellites.
这些科技所带来的潜在价值（potential value）除了国家形象（ national profile），经济发展等还有许许多多。有待童鞋们的总结研究。