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

  • 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.

  • YES WE SHOULD COLONIZE SPACE!

    Yes we should colonize space. Space is the final frontier. Instead of wars, we should be concentrated on development as a whole. I wanna see a future where we can expand as a whole. Space offers Possibilities, like finding new types of resources and making discoveries that we could have never thought was even possible. Think about it, why should we be afraid of change? Change is good, thanks to change humans went from the days of caves to the days of technology. Though this is just my opinion, but Space is definitely a place I'd like to explore and colonize.

    By Howard B Pampolino Jr

  • Human Survival Depends Upon It

    What happens if a huge disaster occurs on earth? It would be VERY good if we had a planet to escape to and ensure the survival of the human race. Stephen Hawking himself said humans won't live 1000 years on earth alone. And Australia has found that it's likely that we will all perish in 300 years from global warming alone. What if a meteorite comes along before then? Or a nuclear war? We need to prepare for the future because the future is very dangerous for us.

  • Necessary For the Future

    Long-term movement of populations from Earth to space is the only long-term, ethical solution to eventual overpopulation. As the United States is the leader of the Free World, it should lead the push into space to better insure a free and prosperous society beyond Earth's limits and secure the benefits of close relations with other planets and moons.

  • We cannot stay here forever, so we should look into colonizing space!

    We have reached an age where the concept of space travel and even colonization is now becoming possible, and the only real reason we haven't advanced further as a species is strictly because of money. The people in control of that money have no understanding of how important it is for us to spread out into space. So many factors have appeared over the past 100 years that are making our survival on this planet more and more difficult. For example, think about when we started mining resources such as oil around 300 years ago. We're already running out! Now we have a growing population and that population needs for more and more power. Even with renewable resources we cannot hope to get everyone on the planet a comfortable amount of power (including the 3rd world countries). We cannot expect the 3rd world to deal with the reality they are given by fate - not when we have reached a level of technology that could allow us to create more space on this planet as well as give all the people on this planet a chance to advance human kind in ways never before seen and ensure the continuation of our species regardless of what happens here. There are many other factors to consider. Both long and short term effects cannot just be ignored. We should not let politics, agendas and fear get in the way!

  • Future manifest destiny.

    Ever since America was created we were moving west from coast to coast no matter what was in our way. Once we hit the coast we started to build our buildings up. We started creating sky scrapers and large hotels with multiple rooms 50 stories high. So why are we stopping there? Now that we have reached our borders we have two options. We can either invade nation after nation, or we can explore beyond our planet, beyond our solar system.

  • 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
  • Absolutely not .

    If this were to happen, they would need resources. This means they would strip earth of resources and life for people who cant afford space would have no resources. Besides all of that, God put us on earth for a reason. We should not move off of his beautiful creation.


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