Position Paper: Where to Send NASA's Next Big Mission
In this paper, students weigh the merits and costs of various possible targets for further robotic exploration. They consider what we might understand better by exploring each target and how that new understanding may aid us, either for practical benefits or toward our better understanding of the universe. On the other side, they must also compare the costs of their proposed mission: bigger, longer, more distant, or more difficult missions all cost more and therefore require a stronger justification to the American taxpayer and policy-maker.
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