Should space exploration be a priority for federal funding?

  • A big yes!

    C'mon, we are Home Sapiens! Curiosity, exploration, reaching new heights, discovering new things, unraveling the deepest mysteries etc. is a core part of who we are! Those who oppose space missions funding are Luddites and laggards, they either don't understand an iota of science or want to push the human race back to dark ages!

  • We Need Space

    Space is part of human life, it gives us adventure. We love and need to explore, to find out all of space's secrets. We have already found out so much with space exploration, gone so far. We even have a satellite that went past Pluto. Why stop there? We need to continue our exploration, find out all of space's secrets we can. There is thousands of galaxy's out there, we are just one planet. We could find out so much. So I say, YES!

  • It should be a priority

    In the past, technological developments in the space exploration industry have helped to make life on earth easier.By putting priority into space exploration, it will solve enviornmental issues by simply taking us out of the equation. In addition, it will add a new form a tourism into the united states, which will increase revenue. By prioritizing space exploration, it will create jobs. Even if we fail, the knowledge we gain will be invaluable.

  • A big yes!

    C'mon, we are Home Sapiens! Curiosity, exploration, reaching new heights, discovering new things, unraveling the deepest mysteries etc. is a core part of who we are! Those who oppose space missions funding are Luddites and laggards, they either don't understand an iota of science or want to push the human race back to dark ages!

  • It's really the only option in the long run

    In the long run, this is the only way for the human race - and indeed all life here - to go. Nothing lasts forever, and that includes our beautiful Sun and the life it makes possible.

    There is another compelling argument for this sort of thing, namely that we are already impacted by space weather and the very real possibility of asteroid impacts. We exist in a space environment whether we like it or not. It's hard to see as a regular human, but we are floating - orbiting, really - in an environment about which we know little and which could wipe us out at any time. 'Near-misses' by asteroids capable of destroying Earth's climate are not all that rare, and we do not even have the capability to deflect one, to my knowledge.

    I don't think that people who don't want space exploration to be an immediate priority are luddites, but in the long run this is what has to happen. Even if Earth were a paradise we could not stay forever. And we cannot.

  • Our descendants survival will depend on space exploration.

    This planet will not remain hospitable to human life forever. You don't have to be a genius to figure out that extinction is inevitable through one means or another. While we spend money on nonsense (according to the heritage foundation, there is in excess of 5 billion dollars per year wasted on things other than keeping us safe from our enemies...., we could be securing our future through space exploration by increasing spend by up to double what it is today.

  • Your ignorant if you said no

    We've learned how to travel through the air and ocean but not space. Who knows what valuable elements can be found on other planets? This would create ALOT of jobs and generate ALOT of revenue. Theres also the possibility of Alien life and technology that could help us with our problems and issues here on earth. Not to mention the adventure that would come with it. Of course there also the issue of global climate change and global warming. (if you still don't believe these things exist or are being sped up by humans then the human race has no place for you). Space exploration and the possible colonization of other planets would completely solve this issue. Another realistic possibility is that we destroy the earth through hydrogen and nuclear weapons, in this aspect space colonization would also solve this issue. The only draw back would be the price of the technology needed for space exploration. Which is irrelevant because at the end of the day its just green cotton

  • Future of the Human Race

    Yes, because without space exploration Humans wouldn't be able to explore new planets and inhabit them which is the only fate for humans in the far future. Because it is scientific fact that our star one day will die and along with out our lovely planet earth and our solar system, if we don't get off Earth, the human race will die. I acknowledge that the sun will die in the far far future but there are many other disasters that could also strike and destroy the human race before the sun does. For instance, It only takes an asteroid a few miles wide to wipe out all life on earth because if the asteroids mass and velocity. Jupiter also poses a threat to earth if it were to become a hot jupiter. Where upon Jupiter slowly inches towards the sun because of its massive gravity untill it passes earth and our planet is slingshoted out of the solar system where it would freeze. Space Exploration is what will get us to the next solar system to survive these fates.

  • Space Exploration is Important

    We are an extremely small spot in the galaxy, in the universe. It is completely arrogant to think that other life does not exist out there. Finding this other life could be very beneficial to us and the future. We need to keep funding space exploration for the sake of our future children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc.

  • We can avoid extinction.

    I love the Earth, but this poor little planet will not last forever. We are growing beyond what it can sustain. Even if we cut back on consumption, the Earth is still tied to the fate of the sun. Some day, the Earth will no longer be able to support us.

    I believe that the human species is in control of its ultimate destiny. Do we want to die on this planet, or extend our existence until the end of time? Space exploration is the only way we can ensure the survival of our species. We are also curious creatures by nature. If there's something new to see or do, we attract to it like flies to honey. Exploring is just what humans do.

    The fact that space is awesome is just an added bonus.

  • WE haven't learned anything.

    If you google it, you won't find anything that says what we've learned, how it helps us, or how we are paying for space exploration! Either get it on google or never use it again! It's like no one cares enough to tell us what we've learned.. Or we haven't learned anything at all!

  • Incentivize the Private Sector

    Gov't run research is not usually successful. Prime examples are derived from Soviet Russia. The public sector (gov't research) has no incentive whatsoever to discover or refine technologies, they don't see another dime. They just get blank checks.

    Gov't research doesn't efficiently use resources either, as it has no competition, and gov't doesn't know the proper way to utilize funding, unlike in the private sector in which the scientists know how money should be spent in the best possible way.

    I support incentivizing the private sector to create space technology, and creating the modern miracles of medicine, and investing in clean energy. The private sector can do this ultimately more efficiently, more effectively, and has greater innovation without soaking up private capital which grows the economy and helps us all.

  • I do not believe that space exploration should be a priority for federal funding, especially when we have so many domestic demands and so little funding to go around.

    Because there are still so many parts of Earth that we have not fully explored, and because there is no immediate benefit of space exploration, I do not believe that it is deserving of federal funds, more than domestic issues, like education and economic stimulation.

    Posted by: ToughEfrain26
  • Space exploration does little to improve the lives of citizens, and there are more pressing priorities.

    Space exploration should be viewed as a luxury. When the government cannot repay its debts, and when we must deal with hunger, disease, and a crippled economy, it is unconscionable to fund programs that do not directly advance the well-being of the citizens. Space exploration is nice, but we have much more urgent priorities.

    Posted by: HaplessBritt39
  • I oppose federal spending for space exploration.

    With all the things going on in the world right now space exploration needs to take a back seat to all others as far as federal spending goes. We have diseases, economic failures, global warming the disaster in the Gulf and starving people that the money could be better used on. The only thing space exploration is good for is putting up satellites. Really, what else are we going to find out there?

    Posted by: dadude913
  • space has aliens

    if we spend millions of dollars to send people and materials into space only to be captured by aliens. so we are just supplying the enemy for the intergalactic war. stop supplying the enemy stop space exploration what will happen next? well maybe we could give the aliens nukes then we would all die!
    this message brought to you by the president of the
    United Airlines.

  • Waste of time!

    Why do we bother? It might pay for some people to feed their families, but it costs us billions of pounds.
    Stop funding space exploration. Help people who need the money, and not some rich person looking to get richer with some numbers.
    It is not right.
    Stop the funding!

  • Not while we're in debt

    While space exploration should be a priority for the human race as a whole, the government should not fund it if we cannot repay our debts. But we must remember, that space is our top scientific priority. The more we spend on getting into space, and researching in space, the more we learn.

  • Federal spending should go on priorities

    With all the money being used on putting people on the moon or seeing what other planet we could live on, beside the one God put us on, there could be cures for so many different illnesses. Cancer would have a cure, diabetes would be a thing of the past, and our next generation wouldn't know what alz timers is, but not because they weren't educated but because it hasn't existed in decades. The money that the government, or whoever, is spending needs to go one priorities not....Could be or what if's.

  • Health or interests?

    I don't believe that funding should be stopped all together, but I feel that while our planet suffers with 1 in 8 people to be undernourished - 1 in 4 in Africa - I think this is the wrong thing. I understand that studies such as NASA get very little government funding, but do not demand or desire anymore. Useful discoveries have come from exploring the universe, such as fast diagnosis of cancers and creating healthier food for babies. I respect that there are thousands of people's jobs and trades that rely on the exploration into the solar system and further into space, but seeing as the task of world poverty and hunger are already in our hands, I strongly believe that this should be tackled as a priority over whether there are other forms of life in our universe.
    I have not researched much into the benefactors of space research, so I apologise if this argument is seen as arrogant or unjust.

    Emma, 15

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