Yes, I believe the success of the United States is directly related to the willingness of her citizens to explore. We have explored just for the sake of expanding our knowledge and understanding of the country, world and universe we live in and it has paid off in innumerable ways. Much of the technology we enjoy today was conceived in the early days of space exploration. We humans are curious by nature; we mustn't muzzle that attribute. Space exploration is expensive, but worthwhile. We must show wisdom in how we spend on space exploration but it will be a great loss if we fail to invest in it.
As a human race we should spend some of out energy and finances on research and pushing our limits. Since we have mastered most of what is on our planet, it is best for us to start spending more time researching away from our planet. We should put more money into rockets and telescopes and space programs.
Exploring space is a colossal waste of manpower, money, and lives.
The Apollo Moon program (1961 – 1972) cost over $145 Billion in 2007 dollars.
What did we get? The program returned 842 pounds (382 kg) of lunar rocks and soil, and three astronauts were killed, Grissom, White, and Chaffee. We did learn that lunar dust is very harmful to humans and damages equipment.
The cost of the ISS – International Space Station is at least $150 Billion, and that does not include what Russia has spent, which is at least $100 Billion or more, for a total cost of at least $250 Billion. That does not include the cost of the NASA’s Shuttle Program, which has cost $209 Billion.
What has the ISS given us?
It has returned absolutely nothing of any real value that man would not have invented anyway without the ISS.
And, the Space Shuttle has killed more people than any other space vehicle in history, 7 Americans and 3 Russians. Ten people have die for this nonsense that has added no value to mankind – 10 humans lost for nothing.
How much has NASA spend exploring Mars? The world has lunched 41 spacecraft to Mars. It is hard to get an exact figure on what has been spent on unmanned Mars missions, but it is over $10 Billion.
What has mankind gained by deep space exploration that has benefited mankind economically?
Then you hear the nonsense that man has always explored. Sure, man has explored earth where man was meant to live.
Man evolved with Earth’s gravity and atmosphere, without which, man cannot live.
Sailing on wooden ships from Europe to discover new lands did not involve minus 280 degrees Fahrenheit or plus 260 temperatures (water boils and 212 degrees Fahrenheit at sea level); and, you did not have to put on a bulky spacesuits with oxygen tanks to sail the oceans and seas. The Earth’s moon gets as hot as 260 degrees Fahrenheit and as cold as minus 280 degrees Fahrenheit. And, sailors did not have to face deep space radiation that will kill you in less than a year.
About 72 people have died climbing K2. For what, huge egos and bragging rights, so the wealthy can boast at their very wealthy social country clubs that they did it. There is nothing to be gained by climbing K2 – absolutely nothing.
There is nothing to be gained by exploring deep space. Man will never establish a colony on the Moon or Mars because of the physical limitations of man’s body; and, it is just too dangerous for man to live in deep space, on Earth’s Moon or Mars.
There are way too many science fictions junkies that have no clue about reality. They have watched too many reruns of “Total Recall”, “The Moon,” “Silent Running,” “Wrath of Khan”, and Star Trek TV.
Bean me up, Scotty.
Just look at India. A third-world democracy. Ridden by poverty and corruption, and they channel their resources not to feed the poor, but to launch a shuttle. Even if the Proposition may wish this to occur on the basis of national pride, I don't think it really is a viable option to argue pride over people (who are what a democracy serves, ANYWAY). That would, essentially, reflect badly on the Proposition for their pathetic stand which doesn't even conform to any humanitarian proclamation. Maybe who we really should send into space today is the Proposition, no?
We've been to the moon already yet nobody's been making plans do anything else. Also, the governments already going downhill. Why ruin the atmosphere, create pollution and waste more money. It just seems pointless. Call me when we find out how to get to mars. (If I'm still alive!) .
With the current environmental problems raging on Earth, it would be a wiser choice to delay the development of exploring into outer pace.
Firstly there is the problem with usable resources. The majority of the countries still rely on the use of burning fossil fuel, a non renewable source of energy that ruins the environment and damages ecomass.
Secondly there is the problem with politics. With the middle east in chaos, it would be risky to spend more money on the space programs than we already have. I think we both agree it would be centuries before we actually discover extraterrestrial life.
The Space Shuttle Program has been closed but Nasa still routinely launches stuff from Cape Canaveral into Space at a reasonable rate. We also dont necessarily gain anything from launching more stuff into space if it doesnt really contribute anything either, the space around Earth is already kinda getting filled up with Satellite Debris that would only be exacerbated by launching more rockets into Space.
So my answer is no, we shouldnt put more money into launching rockets into space since we already have that balanced out pretty well.