Should U.S. space programs concentrate on colonizing space?

  • Space settlement would be helpful to scientists because you never know what they might discover.

    Reason 1: If the U.S.A got over populated, the government would have another place to send people
    Reason 2: Making other communities in space could save the human race.
    Reason 3: This could give scientists the boost they need to discover new ideas.
    Reason 4: TECHNOLOGY!
    Reason 5: The government gets so much money from taxes that they could afford it. What else are the going to use the money for? Destroying more animals homes to build subdivisions?
    I am doing a research project on this so there is lots more where that came from.

  • The Wheel in the sky keeps on turning.

    From a purely idealistic standpoint, we as humans should never stop progressing. What's the point of having NASA or any space program if you're not striving for space colonization? That should be the ultimate goal. I like the idea of the private sector investing in space technology to make this happen. Government is too slow and inefficient.

  • U.S space programs should concentrate on colonizing space

    As humans we need food, water, and space to live. The earth is only so big and can only hold so many people but space... Space is vast. The earth may be the perfect planet to live on and we may have not found any liquid water out in space but we may soon find this. This is important because sooner or later the human population will grow by so much that we will overpopulate and overuse our resources. This will kill the human race so we should be ready.

  • Humans Always Evolve

    Humans are born and bred to evolve. We already are the dominate race on Earth, why not next the Moon? Or Mars? We can then focus our work on finding new energy sources outside the planet, or maybe off-planet mining. Plus if you think about it, if the U.S. develops a colonization program, other nations would pay millions if not billions to join the United States. Plus the income that would come in from materials rarely found on Earth, or even the income from shipping others to different planets. I highly think the benefits outweigh the risks.

  • We are able to

    Why should we stop if we already are focusing on going to Mars! We should keep going so we can expand and see more of the galaxy! It wouldn't hurt to see a few more 100,000 miles, right? If we colonize all the way out to Mars eventually, we could focus on more important things, like other solar systems.

  • We have no choice, really.

    We are growing in technology every day. I think by atleast 2050, we should have the technology to colonize atleast the moon. Maybe even sooner. The only problem I see is money, but if everything else goes according to plan, then I assume it would be very possible to colonize in space.

  • It is so cool

    The space colony will be there for us if another astroid comes if none of the people survive there will be no more sabians and our whole world as we know it would come to an end. It would be so cool living in space and seeing stars loser than we see them on earth so i say we should start working on the space colony

  • To Infinity and beyond...Kind of

    The pursuit of knowledge, and the large possibility of raw materials out there. One can see the benefits in outer space considering how much resources are on our planet alone. Outer space is so much larger, holding all the more possibilities and opportunities to expand, grow, discover, and survive. It is a simple necessity.

  • Resources, Expansion, Survival

    Colonizing space can help with gaining new resources to develop bigger and better material. With earth becoming somewhat overpopulated colonization can help by expanding the human race. If earth were to be hit by natural, or a man made disaster colonization will help ensure the survival of the human race.

  • The answer to this is obvious.

    The utter lack of education in regards to the relevant topics that is illustrated in the reasoning in the "no" column is horrifying. The limited lifespan and therefore limited temporal perspective of an intelligent species, ideally, would not inhibit its ability to predict the most probably future and act today in a manner that will ensure the survival of the species long after the individual is dead.

  • Since there is no dire overpopulation problem in the US, and since the US is currently in considerable debt, the US space programs should not concentrate on colonizing space.

    The only important purpose that colonizing space could serve would be to prevent future problems with overpopulation. At the moment, overpopulation is not a huge problem, especially not in the US compared to other countries, so it should certainly not be our priority. Though colonizing space could also serve the purpose of creating some sort of tourist attraction, the cost of flying to outer space is currently so exorbitant that only the super-rich would be able to afford it. Also, considering the gigantic amount of debt that the US is burdened with at the moment, it would be completely unwise to invest in such an expensive undertaking.

    Posted by: CesP5ych
  • Expanding knowledge can be bad if the consequences are unknown.

    Space exploration is too risky to be initiated yet. What we can do without expending the government's non-existent money is research and plan. Space exploration and colonization could be off in the near future, but only if we wait until the risks and factors are fully understood.

  • U.S. space programs should not concentrate on colonizing space because the costs are exorbitant.

    U.S. space programs should not concentrate on colonizing space because the costs are exorbitant. Throwing money into outer space colonies is wasteful, considering how many problems we need to spend money on right here on planet earth. There is no justification that would warrant spending money on researching space colonies because the U.S. is not even close to the point of being overpopulated yet. If it really becomes an issue, they might consider it but not until the far future.

    Posted by: JeffP4ri5
  • I don't think colonizing space is possible or should be focused upon.

    I don't think the US space program should concentrate on colonizing space. Colonies are hugely complex and it is unlikely they will be able to control enough variables in a hostile environment to succeed on a large scale. They would do better to concentrate on preserving earth as a habitable space.

    Posted by: 5hiy4SaIem
  • Colonizing space is too impractical a goal to devote our resources to.

    I don't believe the U.S. space program should concentrate on colonizing space. Colonizing space is a huge undertaking, our resources would be better used on properly maintaining Earth.

    The only good reason to colonize space would be if Earth became uninhabitable. But, to achieve space colonization we would have to embark on the project long before the point of an uninhabitable earth was a reality.

    In fact, we might devote so many resources to preparing to colonize space that we bring about a situation that makes Earth uninhabitable, fulfilling our own prophecy needlessly.

    Posted by: KiPPConsPiracy
  • The U.S. should not begin colonizing space because there are more pressing issues here on Earth.

    The U.S. should not colonize space. Our primary focus and resources should be set on improving life on the planet we've already "colonized". Space colonization would be expensive, and creates the idea that we've already screwed up our own planet bad enough that we're moving on to the next. There are already "real" issues on this planet that could use funded. I would say space money would be better spent, on "green" technologies, or even solving world hunger. Space "colonization" seems impracticable, and unconscionably neglectful to our current planet of residence, Earth.

    Posted by: WackyDel
  • We need to concentrate our money, intelligence and effort on improving the infrastructure of this country, not colonizing space.

    It is time now to fix what is broken right here in our own country. This is not the time to be spending dwindling resources on space colonization. The space program should continue in a research mode, but money needs to be spent first here on earth solving problems that need immediate attention. Space colonization can wait until things are in better condition here.

    Posted by: 54IInferno
  • The focus of the US space programs should focus on finding new technology to help our current planet, not colonize a new one.

    It is more feasible that US space programs will be able to find new resources to help current energy crisis on planet Earth rather than finding new planets that the human race will be able to inhabit. These issues on our planet are more pressing that finding a new planet to colonize.

    Posted by: MyrBad
  • The level of technology is nowhere near making that possible.

    We don't have the ability to colonize space anywhere in the near future, and it might not be possible ever. So far, there have only been manned missions to the moon. The moon can't be colonized because there is no atmosphere and no water. It would be impossible to build anything on the moon or any planet without breathable air. I think the idea of colonizing other planets, or even a colony living aboard an orbiting spacecraft, is best left to science fiction.

    Posted by: N Schroeder 60
  • Space Colonization, Awesome or not?

    Space colonization may sound cool at first and I admit it but I agree that it is a bit dangerous and may cause global warming. I would not mind going to space and all but sending a whole population is just... I have no words. Also, I am pretty sure that a trip to outer space will cost thousands of dollars and probably only rich people be able to afford that and we have to save money. Furthermore, don't want to be negative or anything but, building a colony is more than just putting things together but making a sewer system, freshwater, supermarkets and MALLS, what would life be without shopping.

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