Manned space exploration must be one of the least productive publicity stunts we engage in.
We burn 100,000 kg of fuel so that a rich guy can go weightless and say WOW.
We can’t whine about the debt, the political problems and other stuff.
The public debt will always be huge, even in 1000 years.
Yet, we as the human species have been doing that to our own home the earth for quite a while now.
If we start seeing how small and fragile we are out there floating in space, maybe, just maybe we will not be so prone to abusing our one true home. Here’s to the men and women who gave their lives to explore the great unknown.So here I will count down “Houston style,” my top 5 reasons why space exploration is important for the world. Promote Science Education – The Apollo missions inspired a whole generation of kids who wanted to grow up to be astronauts, rocket scientists, and engineers.We all know that science education has been slightly lacking in the United States as of late. NASA’s Environmental Research – You would think that the guys who burn a million pounds of rocket fuel wouldn’t be the most environmentally minded people in the world, or out of the world as it may be.Spending money on space programs is far more useful than wasting money on unemployment benefits.Also the exploration of planets and other celestial bodies can give important scientific results as understanding the origin of life or of the Solar system.Don’t you think that NASA’s return to the moon, or more importantly the much anticipated manned mission to Mars will again inspire a whole new generation to reach for the stars so to speak? However, most people don’t know that NASA does a lot of good environmental research while they are up there looking down at all of us.NASA has done a lot of work in studying air quality, climate change, alternative energy, and near earth objects; which as we all know from the movies can destroy the earth any day now without warning, unless we have a group of oil drillers, a nuke, and Bruce Willis. Eliminate Earth Over Population – The current earth population is almost 6.8 BILLION people.July 20th, 2009 was the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic flight to the moon, where astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to walk on the moon.40 years ago, space flight inspired such awe that astronauts were hailed as heroes and celebrities by men, women, and children alike.We also don’t have the fever of beating those damned Ruskies because they might go to space and blow us all up, which we had during the height of the cold war when Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar Sea of Tranquility.Watching some fantastic documentaries (such as Discovery’s When We Left Earth) celebrating the 40th anniversary this week, I got to thinking about the importance of continuing space exploration.