• 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Of course space exploration is worth it!

    Why wouldn't it be? If you didn't know, in 2053 earth's ENTIRE OIL SUPPLY will be GONE done depleted and destroyed. The human race will panic and destroy itself all over this resource that runs our cars, these major world powers consume so much of this, along with coal I'm not even sure that any of us will live to see 2053, people will destroy themselves before then! We need to act now before we start wars that kill more than... 18.... People.... Stop complaining that people die in crashes in space or related, they signed up and knew the risks, I'm sure that 18 lives for 7,000,000,000 is quite a deal I'd say, and although we will never forget them, we still have to do this, we need to get more resources before we start fighting over it.

  • Space exploration is the most useful way the human race, as a whole, can spend it's time.

    Unfortunately, successful space exploration requires a species to be acting as one. Man-kind is not ready to commit a large sum of it's money to the expansion of our species. If we live long enough we may ascend to a more unified, singular if you will, culture and begin expanding into the universe. Mass expansion will not happen until we can say that we're doing it as "humans", not "Americans" or "Russians". A focus on space exploration will bring together the people of Earth. THIS is worth the money.

  • I strongly agree space exploration should be supported with tremendous amount of money.

    People who work at NASA has made the planet earth safe. These intelligent space analyst have been pouring their ideas to inventions on how they can protect us. The space is a big and infinite SPACE, wherein anytime the earth can received a massive attack. We need in depth scanners and camera out there. And lastly it would promote unity to all the country out there. We need a secure place to live in and in order for that we do need to support space explorations missions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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