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!

  • 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!

  • Exploration and Colonization of Space is all that Matters

    Humans generally seem to feel that advancement in interstellar travel is the responsibility of future generations. Foreign conflicts, starvation, and diseases are always cited as more pressing issues. What do any of these issues matter when the next asteroid comes? Please realize that by the time we become aware of some incoming harbinger of death, it may be too late. We NEED to prepare WELL IN ADVANCE and that means committing significant resources to space exploration immediately. Refusal to begin funding research RIGHT NOW is not giving our future generations a fair chance at survival. All our eggs are in one basket. We have only earth. And earth’s capability to support life has been proven fragile.

    Humanity has already demonstrated that it has the potential to colonize space. Yet our ability to navigate space is not substantially different than it was at the end of the 1970s. The moon remains the only foreign body a human has set foot on. Space exploration needs more funding and fast. It would be sad if humanity were to come to an end simply because of lack of desire or foresight.

    I also appeal to the curiosity innate in humans. Don't you want to know whether practical interstellar travel is possible and whether ET actually exists within your lifetime? I would personally give so much for this knowledge. Humanity seems intelligent enough to make advances in interstellar travel and space colonization, but doesn't seem to know what is truly important in life. I fear for our future.

  • Space Exploration Over War

    Touch much money is poured into foreign affairs by both the United States and other involved parties. Taking into account all of the money used to end lives, much ground could be covered in a field which may deem necessary for the future and survival of the human race and species.

  • 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!
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  • Pioneering has been going on since the beginning of time

    Whether you are just a little kid exploring the woods behind your house, or if you are Columbus setting sail to find new territory; exploring is literally part of who we are as humans. We have made some of our greatest achievements from doing just this. Everyone seems to be so concerned with things that are so small, such as our economy, national security, gay marriage, abortion laws, etc. Now calm down... I know it sounds like I am minimizing the impacts of these things. But think about the big picture folks. We are in an unimaginably large universe sitting on a little floating ball we call earth. It's time we get a new perspective on just how we fit in with the universe. If we get even 1/1000 of that perspective, I guarantee it will positively change all of those factors previously mentioned. As of now, we see things from our perspective. We feel like our lives on our planet are the only thing that exists. The stars are there for us to see, but it seems no one really appreciates how intensely amazing this is and how small it makes us. Humans do best when we have challenges. Not tiny challenges, but mind bending challenges that seem impossible. We have done what was considered impossible by landing on the moon. I say that if enough people take the challenge of exploring space to a greater extent, we can do the impossible once again.

  • Earths possible cousin.

    A planet was recently discovered called Kepler 186F. It has oceans and land forms with a star that supplies the planet with livable temperatures.

    This is why we explore space! To find other forms of life! You never know when we will need another planet or if we run out of minerals.

  • Why Space Exploration is important.

    Throughout Human history, humans have been pioneers. We've just stopped at one planet. Why? We need to push the boundaries, to go where none other has. Space Exploration can be our future. It can create jobs, and maybe even save humankind. Eventually Earth will run out of resources, and it is only through space exploration that we, with the rest of earth, can survive. I'm thinking a "Noah's Ark" type scenario.

  • Who We Are

    We're humanity. If there's anything that we all have ingrained in ourselves, it's a thirst to know more things. You can't change that, no matter how hard you try. Space holds infinite objects and phenomena just waiting to be discovered. Plus, if and when we exhaust all of Earth's resources, we need to know where the heck we're gonna go next. Another thing about us humans: we refuse to give up. The last thing I'd expect us to do is just accept an extinction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Space is not as important as world hunger!

    How can you sit there while helpless children starve!? Don't they deserve to live !? 3-5 million children die each year from hunger. 1 out of every 5 children go to bed still very hungry. Over 16 million children starve in the u.S. Alone. Don't be shellfish and give money up for space. It can wait , but the what will we do if we find a way to save man, but man is gone?

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