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  • Yes it is important and completely worth it.

    Most people complain about the waste of time and money. In reality we are constantly advancing in our space program and there is no telling how many amazing things we still have to discover in space. An addition to that is, that the NASA program only uses a tiny percentage of the money given to the program ( less then .4%)

  • It is totally worth it.

    We've learned that there's water on moon, which means there is a possibility of existence of life. That in no way is a waste of money.
    We never know what lies beyond our galaxy, a whole new galaxy of humanoids who have the cure for cancer? Or a planet full of renewable coal and petroleum?
    We can make it an affirmative statement by seeing it ourselves. And if that's not worth it, I don't know what is.

  • Space exploration is worth the money, because it is one of the few things that can unite this country.

    From the time the United States put its first satellite into orbit in response to Russia's Sputnik and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon, Americans were enthralled by our space program. It was something, in those days, we could all gather around the television and watch. We need to rekindle that magic and sense of purpose.

    Posted by: AbandonedDeangelo55
  • Space exploration is worth the cost.

    People are too vulnerable on Earth. Anything can happen - the Sun can threaten us, asteroids, and so many other things. The resources are being widely used and some day people will be left almost without anything for living. In order to preserve humanity and our home world we need to find new homes.

  • Yes it is

    The NASA program has done incredible research in its time. So I think Obama should stop worrying about North Korea, and put another man on the moon. Why, you ask? Because we can. Space is way more important than education. And if we need to evacuate Earth, why not in space?

  • All of the "NO" arguments come from people who seem to know nothing about space.

    First off: The most widely used argument that DOES NOT support space exploration is: "We have too many problems on Earth, so why go into space?". This statement makes me cringe. While there are many problems on Earth, a lot of them can be solved using the technologies that we develop for space exploration. An example of this is NASA's help on research into cancer and preventing, treating, and even curing it. According to NASA's website (http://www.Nasa.Gov/pdf/268137main_AARP_IPP_FACTSHEET.Pdf), they have done several things to contribute into cancer research such as develop technology that helps detect cancer in breast tissues.

    The second biggest argument is "It is too expensive. We should be spending space program money helping the needy." While it is true that the poor need help, over ten times more of the US's National Budget for 2014 has gone into welfare than into space exploration. So why isn't welfare too expensive? We seem to be spending a lot more on it than space exploration as it is.

    Space Exploration also gives the opportunity to one day, save mankind, and also benefit it greatly.
    Take one of Saturn's moons, Titan. It has enough lakes and oceans of natural on it to allow humanity to function for thousands of years with new technology. Plus, space exploration also creates lots of green technology, so that we may never need to use the resources on the moon. How would we get to Titan? Funding space exploration. How would we develop these green technologies? Funding space exploration.
    Back to saving mankind:
    There are thousands of near-earth asteroids that could one day pose a threat to human civilization. Back in 2013, the Chelyabinsk meteor struck Russia, killing many people and causing millions or even billions of dollars of damage.
    This was a 20 meter diameter meteor.
    Events like this, could, in the future be prevented by funding space programs and having them have more of a budget that is able to be used developing technology to prevent meteor strikes by changing the orbit paths of the asteroids so that they do not strike Earth.
    Thank you for reading my argument.

  • So that people can live in space.

    It's better because you sleep there and you also get to fly in the space station. Then you get used to the sleeping, eating, and playing, and it's also important to visit more places in space and it's also better to get used to the stuff that you are supposed to do.

  • YES

    It's ALL about the future of humankind. It's a step to be taken to exist forever. Muslims and religious fanatics will never fully understand the importance of this programs. While we spend Billions in stupid wars, we don't invest much in space exploration. As you can see the shuttle program has been terminated leaving NASA without a craft to reach space...budgets were assigned to more important missions to blow up the world... It's simply ridiculous.

  • Yes it is

    Most arguments against space exploration say that it's because there is not enough money and we have problems on earth. First, most space programs are horribly underfunded, with nations choosing to spend money on large military instead. As for the problems on earth, there is this thing called multitasking.

  • Absolutely worth it

    Inevitably, the human population remaining on this planet will eventually lead to our demise. Our population is growing exponentially and there will soon not be enough resources to keep us alive. Spreading to other planets, whether using its resources or living there, can help sustain our species longer. As the only intelligent species currently known, why not expand our knowledge? Space programs also lead to other life-changing technology that society takes for granted (ie. smoke detectors, long-distance telecommunications, satellites, microwaves, etc).

  • It's not worth it

    From a religious person's point of view, I'd say that it isn't. As the bible says, our purpose of living on Earth is to lead a holy life in order to be accepted in heaven. We humans should not try to be too clever.

    Besides, space exploration requires a lot of money, and in some parts of the world, money is desperately needed. It is unfair.

  • No, it is too much.

    They need to start helping starving and homeless people. We could spend our money on that instead of spending it on space exploration. Also, 18 astronauts have died because of flight incidents. It is safer to stay on Earth and help the needy. There is no point in going to space, as nothing can be achieved there. The government should spend money on saving this planet first rather than using it to find another planet to waste. This planet was created for us to use to our benefit and we shouldn't trash it and move on. Focus on other problems like war, corruption and environmental issues, which is a more terrible matter right now.

  • It's not worth it.

    I feel the space program is not worth it because of how much money it costs everyone. We are in some major debt to other countries and this does not help the situation at all. I think we just need to forget about it and get rid of the whole thing.

  • Stop spending money

    There are already many problems on Earth. They need to start helping starving and homeless people. We already owe China about 2 and 1/2 trillion dollars. We could spend our money on that instead of space exploration. Also 18 astronauts have died cause of flight incidents. It is more safe to stay in earth and help the need. We were born and made to enjoy the planet lets do it now!

  • NO

    The government should spend money on saving this planet first rather than using it to find another planet to waste. This planet was created for us to use to our benefit and we shouldn't trash it and move on. Focus on other problems like war, corruption, environmental issues, which is a more pressing matter right now.

  • Nope

    The government should spend money on saving this planet first rather than using it to find another planet to waste. This planet was created for us to use to our benefit and we shouldn't trash it and move on. Focus on other problems like war, corruption, environmental issues, which is a more pressing matter right now.

  • We are chasing a pipe dream.

    We can't even send a man to the moon (yes, it hasn't been done yet, research it) and we are trying to send a man to Mars or spend billions keeping a station afloat which is not doing anything to help with the more immediate concerns of our planet and it's inhabitants.

    As of today, neither the ESA, Japan nor Russia have sent their people to the moon, not because it isn't feasible for them, but it's just not possible for anybody. There are regions outside the protective magnetic belts around the Earth where any man even using the best technology as of today will still be microwaved to a crisp by the sun's radiation.
    So get real everybody, we are not going to live on the moon or another planet. And to top it all off, we can't even learn to take care of the one planet we have, that being what we need to learn to do first!

  • Mars not our biggest worry

    Earth has it's own problems, so if we waste our money on Mars, then we won't fix problems we have on Earth. Also, money is most likely to be wasted because of the technology needed to get there that might not work. This is why we should not permit space travel.

  • No it is not worth it

    The government spends millions of dollars on space exploration when they could be solving other problems like DEBT for one. The space explorations never really give us any benefit except for a better understanding about the world around us, which don't get me wrong, that's pretty important, but we have other problems.

  • Not worth it.

    With how much money the U.S. Is debt, we could put the money to much better use. Now don't get me wrong, I love learning about everything they discover, but that's a lot of money to put into that. What are we as U.S. citizens getting out of it? We could use it to help the U.S. debt. It may not be much, but at least it is something.


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