Has Any Government Program Produced More For Society Than...
May 9, 2007 11:53pm CST
The U.S. space program? From velcro to the very microprocessor you are using now, millions of jobs and new technologies have been created from the research and development required to keep NASA flying. The U.S. government spends billions on thousands of programs. Some say the space program is a waste of money. But what program has done more for society than NASA?
• United States
10 May 07
Because of the space program we have microwave ovens, they were responsible for the transition from vacuum tubes to transistors, the miniaturization of any number of things,and even the invention of the pressurized write anywhere ballpoint pen. Many of the things we take for granted now are a direct result of space science...from everyday gadgets like pocket calculators to hand held games, space medicine included the MRI and a lot of other stuff that is now common. Those GPS systems that a lot of people use are directly related, the list could go on for many pages if we thought about it. The advances in science and technology alone was worth the expense, and new technologies will always be discovered.
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