Both as a country and global population, we need to put more focus and spend more money on space exploration. Space exploration is an essential scientific endeavour for expanding our understanding of how the universe began and what it contains. Because of our rapid depletion of the resources on earth, it may be necessary for the human race to look for planets that could be a future home for us.
Space Exploration has had a tremendous effect on the transformation of technology available for us. It has helped us improve communications technology exponentially. We also continue to learn about the materials and resources available beyond the limits of our planet. Many scientific breakthroughs from nicer tv's to having a greater understanding of the aging process have come through space innovation.
In my opinion, there is not a call to place more emphasis on exploring and discovering in outer space. While I understand there may be benefits and I would not at all recommend stopping exploration, I feel we are doing all we need to do presently. There are more pressing matters to attend to on our own planet.
While I think space is cool and there's a lot more to our world than just the planet Earth, it might be nice that we conserved some of the funds used on space travel and exploration and used them to sort out our own planet first? I think the progress being made in space exploration is going at a steady enough pace, and we should not devote anymore time to other worlds until we make sure ours is a sustainable one.