Washington, DC (PressExposure) August 06, 2009 -- Debatepedia's community finished on August 6th, a major article documenting the debate surrounding whether humans should go back to the Moon first, or push on to Mars? The debate has taken a very prominent form in recent weeks, following the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing on July 20th, 1969. The debate became particularly widespread as Buzz Aldrin - and other Astronauts - vocally called for a mission to Mars, and advocated against returning to the Moon (at least at this time). The debate has generally taken the shape of "which is the greater priority, the Moon or Mars?", and Debatepedia has responded with a timely article on the topic, helping the public and leaders weigh the pros and cons, and come out with a clearer sense of where they stand and where society should go from here.
Debatepedia's article documents 54 unique pro and con arguments, with supporting quotations for each, drawn from over 20 primary resources, essays, books, and speeches on the topic. These arguments are organized into 7 separate "sub-debate" sections to help readers chew the myriad arguments and counter-arguments in a systematic way. No other resource compares in its depth as well as in its structural simplicity. The article represents an important tool, therefore, for citizens and leaders to fully weight both sides and come out with a rational position, which is the over-arching objective of each Debatepedia article.
Debatepedia is a global wiki encyclopedia of public debates, pro and con arguments, and supporting quotations. A project of the International Debate Education Association (IDEA), Debatepedia is something like "the Wikipedia of pros and cons". It aims to engage citizen-editors in centralizing arguments and quotations found in millions of articles, essays, and books into a single pro/con encyclopedia. This helps citizens and leaders better weigh the "sides" in important public debates, take positions, and make decisions.
Related links: * Pro/con article: "Mission to the Moon vs. Mars?" [http://wiki.idebate.org/index.php/Debate:_Mission_to_the_Moon_or_Mars%3F] * Home page: [http://wiki.idebate.org/index.php/Welcome_to_Debatepedia!] * Media kit: [http://wiki.idebate.org/index.php/Debatepedia:Media_Kit]