Great question. I see where you are coming from, but I think we need to continue investing in science, including space exploration because you never know where the research will lead. Sometimes it leads to discoveries that turn out to have earthly uses. Space research gave us Wi-Fi. There are other things on earth we could stop spending money on to redirect it to those in need. Locking people up for minor drug offences, for one thing.
I like space exploration. While I totally understand that there are other issues one our planet that need addressing, I also think that space exploration is important. You never know what we will find out there - which may benefit everyone.
Space exploration and military spending is out of control and should be restricted to a portion of our surplus not be the major cause of the deficit.
The current Government wants to make people work until 70 years of age to fix a deficit that would not exist if it were not for this type of wasted spending.
When we have world where every person has food, shelter and health care then we can spend on luxuries. This current government has just agreed to spend $98 Billion dollars on jet fighters and submarines to fight a war that does not exist.
I hate to think what the space budget would be.
Man landing on the Moon, and seeing all the money go up into space.
In those days we were also shown the children needing help, in other country's on t.v....We saw pictures of babies dying from starvation.
It was to me as a young girl of 15 a conflict in my heart.
Back then, the images on t.v. were graphic and that stayed with me my whole life....Always vowing if I came into a large amount of money, I would help in a big way.
As the years went by, my dream stayed...knowing that the problem would always be there, and of course Nasa continued to go into space.
I could not reconcile that amount of money spent, with children dying every
minute, because they were hungry or ill.
I believe we would be much better off fixing our our 'backyard' before potering around in space - it isn't going anywhere soon, is it?
Although space research has benefitted us in other useful ways, I believe less should be spend playing with rockets, for the benefit of humankind.
I would like to help these children But most of any monies that are raised goes to administration and if food is taken to them there are folk who just grab it and sell the food on the black market.
so either way the children are not helped. I think that there should be more education as in learning how to keep their own back yard clean and maybe grow some food for them selves. And yes we do have to have exploration whether outer space or not.