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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!

  • 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.

  • The final frontier

    We are destined to leap from our frog pond and explore the universe, this is who we are.

    I believe it's incorrect to view space exploration as diverting funds away from solving "domestic" problems such as disease and famine. These problems are unsolvable in a world with finite resources and technology.

    And although the private sector can and does play a part in advancing our space exploration capabilities, the truth is that the space missions that matter are undertakings so large and with payoffs so distant in the future that government and even inter-governmental involvement is required.

    A quick google search will confirm that there is plenty of NASA technology that has been re-purposed for use on earth.

    Spending the borrowed money on space exploration provides a much better return to future generations than stubbornly indebting ourselves attempt to support an unsustainable social security system.

    From what we know, intelligent life is either unique in the universe or at least rare enough that we are not aware of its existence elsewhere. We have a duty to protect our species from an extinction level event on a planetary scale and the only way to do this is to make the leap from being a single-planet species to a multi-planet species. It may take us 1000 years to terraform Mars, but unless we do that, some other species may dig up our fossils in 65m years and chuckle "they must have not seen it coming".

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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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