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The Space Program

Can someone PLEASE explain to me WHY we spend so much money on the space program??? Not just the current administration (although he just approved another $6 BILLION in funding that we DON'T have) but ANY administration?? They are "concerned" with the budget, we are in the midst of a recession, people are losing their jobs, homes, cars, and yet we spend BILLIONS on going someplace that has NO meaning to MOST of us. Is it cool and interesting? Sure! But why and how can we spend so much money on this? And the new space station that they are constantly working on....are we going to ship all of the homeless people who have lost their job and house up there to live? Because no one seems able to help them! What if the government and NASA put that much effort into trying to fix our country instead of the spacestation? They might actually accomplish something!!!

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Asked by mama2000_1 at 12:58 AM on Apr. 16, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • A lot of our current and future technology relies on satellites and things in space. We get a lot of information on our planet and other planets, from space. It is important.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:11 AM on Apr. 16, 2010

  • I understand we get a lot of information. And I understand the satellites too. I think our country (and probably most of the world) would completely shut down without satellites :) But I am talking about sending up exploring robots and space shuttles to take pictures of other planets and such. I want to know WHY it is important. Like I said, it is very interesting and neat, but WHY do we need to have federal funding for such a program?

    Answer by mama2000_1 at 1:15 AM on Apr. 16, 2010

  • If you want to live in a mediocre world you go for it. We have the resources to explore other life forms and planets. Why not cut other things? You know, like Obama making over five million last year?

    Answer by SaraP1989 at 1:49 AM on Apr. 16, 2010

  • The space program has given us hundreds of technological advance we use everyday.The money that is spent on this science benefits every citizen of this country. Cell phones, communication and weather satellites, Directv and it's ilk, athletic shoe construction, memory foam pillows and beds, microwaves, polarizing lenses for glasses, shatterproof glasses, specialized metal alloys used in the construction of everything from golf clubs to cars, Improved nutrition in baby formula, computer and game deck controllers and joy sticks, cordless power tools, Infrared thermometers, water purifiers, improved bicycle and motor cycle helmets, treadmills and other exercise equipment, portable electronic coolers, cloth that can be made into extreme arctic gear. There are over 1000 of these technologies that make life easier and they were originally developed for the space program.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:53 AM on Apr. 16, 2010

  • Why? Because it's important. The more we learn about the universe as a whole the better our lives will be. There is nothing that we can learn about another planet that useless information here on this planet. But how about because our resources are stretched. Because this planet can not support the current population forever. Because there is a need to see what else we can do to make life on this planet better. You can say that this research will never benefit you in this life but if you cut the spending now what kind of a life are you leaving for your kids. How about because if we don't do it someone else will and the technological advances they garner from it may not be shared. I personally have no desire to live in a backward country just because a few close minded people couldn't see past their own noses.

    Robotic missions cost less than manned missions so there a conservative effort being put forth. It is still needed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:05 AM on Apr. 16, 2010

  • What about all the jobs that are created by the space program and it off shoots? It would do our economy much more harm to cut tens of thousands of people loose into a job market that is already over loaded. Plus the funding that has been approved will create jobs in the long run. This isn't some pork stimulus bill. Plus as has already been pointed out, things that are learned along the way will open doors to more jobs in the future. It's a long range plan. Doesn't do much in the short term but neither would abandoning the program.

    You do know that the ISS is an international space station that has been mostly paid for and built by other countries? The current payload of the space shuttle includes Italian components and a Japanese scientist. Russia provides most of the permanent crew. A manned mission to mars may also open the doors to colonizing another planet. There is the home for your homeless, eventually.

    Answer by Liansmommie at 3:32 AM on Apr. 16, 2010

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