Why can't they dig their own well? Finally, one of the most powerful images of this millennium is of Buzz Aldrin standing on the surface of the Moon with the Earth visible in the sky behind him. We have huge problems on earth with disease, hunger, and poverty. Space exploration should be continued in our country, and around the world. The same would apply to…well, the list is just too long and life is too short. If this website that I am posting this to, this laptop that I am typing on, and this internet we all are using is the product of the discovery of America, then the possibilities are endless if we look to the heavens.
If we stop exploring space, there would be 1. The direct intellectual gains from learning about far away planets or satellites such as the moon can hardly compensate the costs. This does involve spending large sums of money but as history has shown, the technology does benefit mankind in many ways, as does the knowledge gained. Stephen Ryan, Ireland In my opinion the Mars missions are not a waste of money. Exploring the unknown is an important part of human evolution and development.
Furthermore, military expenditures are irrelevant to this debate. The space exploration started when man tried to judge whether the stars that rise in the sky after the Sun sets. It is a fact, one day earth will not have resources at the ready for our consumption in a manner that can sustain our 8billion-ish population. Wherever there's water, there's hydrogen. Our Earth is also nearlly completely explored except for the oceans depths which are frankly impossible to get to the bottom too.
In spite of the incredible difficulties they have always had the courage to do their space science in public. Gerard DeGroot is the author of Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of the American Lunar Quest, published by J onathan Cape. Mars makes Antarctica seem like paradise. America's space and technological preeminence in the world hangs in the balance. Recently, Stephen Hawking has argued that we must colonise other planets to ensure mankind's long-term survival.
Jonathon Yuill, England Space exploration is not a waste of money. Look at our own Earth. In the old west, the hub of activity in frontier towns really was the saloon. The federal share, once again at 17. Forget giant leaps for mankind, Nasa is a machine for spending money.
The author recently gave a talk on this topic at the. There will never be a utopia. Con A lot of people may say that space exploration should be abolished because it is a waste of money, but think of how much we have advanced in our knowledge of space. Space exploration is not a novelty, it is a necessity. Iago Cornelius-Jones, Singapore Why do we have to spend this amount of money on something that has no interest to the ordinary man. Stephen Sharp, Australia I think that Mars missions are certainly not a waste of money and it is vital that we continue to explore our Galaxy and Beyond.
The world population is the total number of living humans on Earth at a given time. Are we now going to turn our backs and let them take the mantle we have carried proudly for the past 40 years? When money is just thrown at their feet, what will happen if the money runs out? First of all, we must address this kind of man made problems which led to the waste of money. Viewpoint As telescopes and space projects continue to explore the outer depths of the universe, spacecraft missions reveal the diversity of multiple worlds within the universe. Even if it's a small amount it is still an amount that could be spent elsewhere. Innovations in computing were needed.
Space exploration is a waste of money, but the civilizations who are stupid enough to ignore this and leave their domain will one day be the ones descending from the sky and owning the entire galaxy, plus Earth will run out of stuff and we will need to take it from asteroids. Think of this allegory: imagine you are in a house, and that house is burning down. Also, we know we exist, but we don't know if anything out there exists. There are probably thousands of planets in the universe inhabitated by intelligent life forms. Much more then seven I can bet you, but I am not saying their death was pointless and for waste.
The moon is the size of Africa and we have only sent eight expeditions. Image the devastating impact that hurricanes such as Katrina would have had if no one had known that the storm was going to hit. Money spent is not the issue here, nor should it ever be. In order to spur technological advance we do not need to spend billions hurling people into space; we need as questions and try to answer them. However it is my firm belief that money should be also spent on extremely significant issues as mentioned below. Countries which have contributed to space tour should spend money on developing poor countries. If we don't try, we can never succeed and it is in the interest of our planet to succeed.
Alternatively, hundreds of millions of dollars spent yearly on space missions should be reinvested in job creation and economic simulation programs. The money spent on space is every penny worthy because it is not that expensive while at the same time it has opened opportunities to monitor the earth planet as well as promoting the development of modern communication platforms. Two, if stop funding it then the little kid who wants to be an astronaut will never get to be one. Space exploration has done a lot but for one moment it gave every man, woman, and child of any race or religion a victory never felt before. The money could be better spent on other areas. It seems the authoritative powers have their heads way, way up in the clouds.