〔This panel discussion took place in a classroom in the U.S. in April 1981 shortly after the successful mission
of the U.S. space shuttle, the Columbia.
This mission marked the first time a spaceship had been sent out into space and then landed back on earth so
that it could be used again later for more flights.
Many people considered this to be a tremendous advance for the space program.
But some people felt that the cost was too high.
This discussion reveals some of the differences of opinion on the importance and the cost of the space program.
The discussion is moderated by the classroom teacher and the students are simply referred to as A and B.〕
Moderator: Let me begin by saying that everyone is very excited about the successful mission of the space shuttle,
It is the first time that a spacecraft has been successfully landed back on earth after a space voyage, and this
means that this spaceship can be used again on other missions.
Obviously, there will be a tremendous saving because we won't have to send up a completely new spacecraft on
Also, we will be able to bring cargo safely back from space in the future -- and this offers exciting possibilities
from the scientists' point of view.
同时，我们将来可以从太空把货物安全地带回来 -- 从科学家的观点来看，这提供了一些令人振奋的展望。
However, there are differences of opinion about the space program.
Many people feel that it costs too much.
Today we are going to hear two different points of view on the space program.
First, let's hear from someone who is strongly in favor of the space program and who doesn't believe that it
costs too much.
And then we'll hear the other side.
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