People Should not spend billions for exploring Space

@hafiz008 (450)
India
September 4, 2011 10:11am CST
Do you think spending billions for exploring space is good one. What do you think. There are many countries where starving food and water if these amount where given to them it will be benefited. I just don't understand what the human being will get after exploring the space. Does any have to buy land and stay there. It doesn't mean no one need to spend a penny for exploration. But it must in limit. What do you think.
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@Jacruz25 (1124)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
I think there's completely nothing wrong with that. Exploring space is exploring God's creation. There are still many questions like 'where did life start' and the answer to that question is by exploring space. By exploring space we learn something about the past and be able to predict future cosmic events precisely like eclipse, passing of comets and even asteroid close encounter or impact and how to make countermeasures if that would even happen. We all know that dinosaurs ruled the earth millions of years ago but since they don't have the intelligence like us humans they all vanished probably by a major asteroid impact on earth 65 million years ago. According to scientists earth is hit by great asteroid once every 100,000 years. If you have read about the Tunguska event (1908) it is sure an asteroid impact but since technology was not quite advance at that time the people didn't even know what it was. Now with advancement of technology we can prevent that from happening again and preserve the human race.
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@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
exactly true, it is like saying: "Why study in school, where you gave your big money there in tuition fees?" instead.... "Instead of Tuition Fees, have your money gave to feed the poor" so... if school are very important.... therefore... Space Exploration is also important... as well as Exploration done by Magellan and Columbus before....
@hafiz008 (450)
• India
5 Sep 11
I think you are right. There are many benefit from exploring the space. It must be important and we don't know what will happen in the future because of lack of knowing in space matters. I think we have to more conscious about ti.
@Jacruz25 (1124)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
That's it. Even if we spend quadrillion or more it's money well spent. At the same time the future generation will understand more about what space is and continue to explore even further. Learning is life and as humans we are curious of almost everything.
@tiffnkeat (1679)
• Singapore
5 Sep 11
If only the world leaders think like you. Maybe you should be a world leader? Then again, when you become one, you will think like them. Haiz.... If only all the money in space programs are channeled into food and water for the starving, there may be less hunger and unnecessary deaths. Sadly, If only..will only remain If only. It all boils down to Greed and Power.
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@hafiz008 (450)
• India
5 Sep 11
I think you are right, there will only greedy person. I also think that if the poor people are given with full support they will become lazy and they will not go to work and they will wait for government to help. Thanks for your response
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
and if all of the country's money are all to feed the hungry, then whats next? the whole country is now getting hungry? instead of facing life forward, to feed the hungry makes life going backward.... just give the poor and the hungry people a good job.... for them not to feel hungry anymore.... what kind of job? space exploration is the answer because it brings more job, it brings more workers, programmers, electrical s, masonry's, etc..... and many more jobs to open....
• India
4 Sep 11
two hundred years ago flying was a weird wish of some intellectual men. idiots used to make fun of these intellectuals...it was the hard work and perseverence of Wright brothers that made the powered flight possible... this is just to tell you that it is only the dreamers which acheive and make the world a better place. these space exploration missions might seem to be a costly affair today but if the Planet Earth becomes uninhabitable , then it might be these missions into space which will find us next home...may be Mars, or Moon or titan or Andromeda. so let the rich countries spend ...what goes from our pocket...may be it will save the human race, if not me or you, in particular.
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@topffer (34162)
• France
4 Sep 11
I think that space research benefits to all humanity : satellite tv, phone, internet, computers... Spending money to feed people starving around the world does not solve anything on a long term view : "rich" countries are not responsible for economic and political mismanagement which are the true causes of starvation.
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• United States
4 Sep 11
I'll admit I don't know where to draw the line. Space exploration always has the potential to greatly beneft all mankind, whether it is in scientific advancements from the processes used to get and keep us in space or just the understanding that we are a tiny piece of a larger cosmos that shows us the need to work together as one people. However, we cannot ignore the current suffering of our people. Private enterprise is more likely to continue the exploration of space than to help starving people, so governments and non-profit groups should be leading the drive for caring for the world's current population, not aggressively pursuing space. NASA had the potential to be run as a profitous endeavor. By charging companies to put satelites up, NASA should have been able to defray much of their costs. But too many missions went up with government-only payloads, free or discounted rides for telecommunications equipment and Federally funded space station runs. The government was afraid to bill the users of its services appropriately. It was a science-lab version of the US Post Office system. Other countries have created space programs around actual cost/price balance, so space exploration can still be done without huge governmental expenditures.
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@Olleenz (3400)
• Indonesia
4 Sep 11
This world getting crowd everyday. I see no problem if some countries want to explore space as long they care with their citizen
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
Well, which countries are these? I hope not the ones which are said to be suffering economically because that sure is a lot of money going down the drain. Space exploration is very nice if everyone has enough food on the table. I do agree with you that we should first feed the hungry before we waste so much money in outer space.
@hafiz008 (450)
• India
5 Sep 11
Yes you are right. The country like America have the ability to do that. But there are under developed countries which are trying to explore the space, the interesting fact that they will discover only what NASA had discovered.So there need billions of dollar for exploring space. In the middle of poverty which you will prefer : Poverty eradication or exploring Space
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
feed the hungry? if there is no space exploration then there is no additional jobs required to fulfill the tasks.... and if there are no additional jobs like space exploration, then how can you feed the hungry? a powerful country will soon become more powerful than ever if they explore outer space.... that is what Christianity Religion did is to explore high seas and vast oceans, just to conquer more.... they doesn't know what will happens to them or it might fall the edge of the earth's giant waterfall, same reason why exploring the unexplored universe.....
@voracious (624)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
Why they should spend billions if you can day dream about space ^^
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
spending some billions in order to pay for the salaries.... the workers of that project receives the salaries... if they receive salaries, therefore, the they will not be hungry anymore if there are no jobs like that, how can the hungry feed?
@shskumbla (3341)
• India
5 Sep 11
No. Not at all. Spending money for merely exploring space is not good to a country like India .
@hafiz008 (450)
• India
5 Sep 11
Absolutely you are correct. There are still million who don't have basic need in the country and the government is providing money for exploring space. India is trying to become technologically ahead,but in my opinion They have first look into people then look to become economically and technologically power. It is pity to hear that there are people who cant even read. First try to eradicate poverty and be literate India;.
@whatrow (793)
• United States
5 Sep 11
I am as hungry for answers as anyone else. But spending millions of dollars for one spacecraft is going too far. Let us take care of the world we have before we look at other worlds. It is not as if there are going to be any immediate changes in our lives if something is discovered. By the time space travel becomes as easy as flying is now, our grandchildren will be grandparents.
@youless (91539)
• Guangzhou, China
5 Sep 11
I tend to agree with you. Not every country is so rich to afford the space exploring. And I prefer it to be spent in the health care and the education. So when I learned the news that our spaceman went out of the spaceship, I was not so excited. As I know that in my country there are more needs for the health care and education rather than the space exploring. I love China
@2wicelot (2948)
5 Sep 11
I think the government think they could discover some useful things by exploring space. There are a lot of unknown things out there and they probably hope to be able to harness some of them as resources. However, for the most part it seems the governments are just competing with each other over who can go much further into space and they are doing it just to gain territory without any obvious benefit for the ordinary people. And it is a very expensive adventure too. The money could be spent better for more beneficial things and if there is still some excess left then that could be used for space adventures.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
There are a lot more to explore i believe, there benefits there, like maybe soon they'll find planets that can be lived but then like you i also believe that those billions they have spent will be of greater use if they use it to feed those who are hungry..or feed those malnourished children in Somalia.. or give house to those who have none. But then what is fair in this world?
• United States
5 Sep 11
I completely agree with you. We cannot even take care of our own planet...much less another one.
@mantis36 (4238)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
I think you miss-interpret why powerful countries exploring space or universe... that is the reason why they kept on progressing and become a powerful nation and a modern nation.... Countries belong to a third-world doesn't care about exploring space... they kept on that level, remains to be a third world country forever..... now... if you said that they should not explore space then... it is like dictating to Magellan and Columbus to stop crossing high seas and ocean because its a waste of time and money.... after all, there are no people living across seas, only European are people exist on this world..... there is a reason to everything.... they know what they are doing.... there are plenty of reasons why people go to space... there are plenty of things for us to comment that it is wrong and why they do that (such as exploring space for what reason) but.... we don't know that its a big advantage to them if they go to space.... Note: as for the hungry people to feed? no such poor people if they are only busy doing good things.... if they are lazy, then, sure that they will only living poor in their life... but, feed the hungry people? give the man a fishing rod in order to him alone to get a fish... and don't give him fish only without fishing rod.... now... what types of fishing rod? examples of fishing rod such as employment for the masonry, electronics, programmers, laborers = for the project of making or building rockets to go to space... after all, all of them will get their salary.... and no reason for them to feel hungry..... Conclusion: spend billions for people to send t space creates a commerce of job, if people have job, they will not get hungry.... this is what i called FISHING ROD instead of giving a Fish only....
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
they keep on exploring space to see if there is available planet outside where we can live. Billion years from now, the earth will end. Because the earth rotates, and we are moving closer to the sun. I have said it already on one on discussion started by someone. We should get a new planet to live in before we all get burn. The space exploration is for our sake.
• United States
4 Sep 11
Sure space travel is cool but before we spend billions on going space travel lets get things here on earth squared away.
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
I think that exploring space is a luxury to the curious mind. People need to focus on the problems we have here on earth and how to counter with it. On the other hand what if we discover something in space that will solve a majority of mans problems here on earth....right?
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
You have a point. They should just spend the money they're using to explore outer-space on buying poor people food. That is more resourceful than what they're doing. They should help out what's in here than what's out there.
@varron (453)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
Exploring space is not bad at all; but what should be done is that the cost of the exploration should be lesser than the cost of the humanitarian mission. I believe that space exploration has a budget as well as the humanitarian advocacy has. It should not be considered that we should stop space exploration because of these humanitarian consideration, perhaps these space exploration also aims on the other hand for humanitarian reason; that is, in the future time,there could be a place somewhere in space for human to settle down.