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Victor Paniagua


Hello, I strongly disagree on how space would be more meaningful, the whole aspect of the article (meaningful) was contradicting because only wealthy people are able to achieve this goal.

Damian Lopez

Reading her biography made little difference in how I would respond to her essay. Yes she is educated, but this piece was intended to be an opinion piece. While her facts were more than likely correct, she clearly had an axe to grind. Her opinion as an astronomer in this piece matters very little. She could have just as easily been an economist or engineer. The reason for this is that the piece is more about societal injustice and inequality than about space itself or even space travel.
@ Jason
You clearly don't know what your're talking about. She has a background and she does know what she is talking about. You're clearly delusional.

Cherelle Simpson

In response to question #3

Walkowicz uses the first person in paragraph 6. For example, she writes "Individually, I am particularly thrilled that Proctor and Funk have achieved their lifelong dreams of going to space, which they have worked many hard years to achieve. Despite my critiques, the launch was definitely affecting on an emotional level: my husband and I watched it together, and though I have seen a number of launches in my life, including those carrying precious cargo I’d worked on, seeing a launch carrying someone I know—Dr. Proctor—into orbit was an entirely different cocktail of joy and trepidation. She decides to use the first person in this part of the paragraph because she knows one of the individuals who were on the spaceflight, it brought her joy to see this person accomplish a dream of theirs.

John Zhirzhan

Lucianne Walkowics starts the article by informing the reader about the Inspiration4 recent achievement of being the first privately funded space flight. Walkowics then questions the main takeaway of the Inspiration4 that anyone can now go to space. I don't disagree with Walkowics questioning of the Inspiration4 take away however Walkowics then deviates from her message and consumes a large portion of the article starting another conversation about social justice and inequality. I personally believe even though this article is an opinion piece including a conversation about social justice in a space article should never be done. These topics are two entirely different subjects and have little to no correlation and only take away from the original topic of space accessibility. If Walkowics would have decided to not talk so extensively about social justice she could have gone into greater detail on why she disagrees with Inspiration4 take away thus strengthening the article's original argument.


a few days ago, I wrote an essay about the decline of the American middle class. I talked about the huge gap between the rich and the poor in American society. The wealth owned by billionaires is staggering, with the top 1% of Americans owning more than 60% of middle-class American households. Not only that, but while the middle class pays taxes honestly, billionaires can avoid taxes in a variety of ways. I think this is why the gap between rich and poor and class solidification is so big in America. The author Lucianne mentions that billionaires started with nothing; many of them were born into wealthy families, this reminds me of the Chinese billionaire, Ma Huateng, the CEO of Tencent. In the initial stages of the social software QQ, Ma personally went to major universities to promote it because the number of users was extremely small. Finally, Under Ma's insistence, today's Tencent empire was achieved. His success has inspired countless young people in China who have entrepreneurial dreams. However, Ma's success is greatly related to his family background. Ma's father was the General Manager of the Finance Department of Shenzhen Shipping Corporation and the Deputy Commander of Shenzhen Yantian Port Construction Command. The most direct help he gave to his son, Ma Huateng, was to provide him with eight computers when he graduated in 1988, which no ordinary family could afford at that time. In addition, Ma's father drove a Mercedes-Benz to his son's company to help him with the books when Tencent was established. It can be said that Ma's family was super-rich in China at that time. Of course, this is not to deny ma's excellence, nor does it mean that the poor can't start from scratch, but the probability is very low.

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