Why do we waste so much money in exploring moon and mars etc.?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    yes, you are right, it is waste of money...

  • Elana
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Dr. Stephen Hawking says that if we don't learn to colonize in space in the next century (now 96 years), the species will perish due to natural disaster or man-made apocalypse (such as a nuclear show-down).

    Basically, with globalization and ever-increasing population, it becomes more and more probable that a simple disease that would have stayed within a region might spread all over the world, or a simple territorial dispute could become a nuclear war.

    And then poof - no more humans.

    If we learn to be able to separate ourselves out again so problems can remain regional - problems can effect one region without destroying another region, we have a better chance of survival. An epidemic on Earth wouldn't kill off a colony on Mars, etc.

    Even ignoring that, NASA and the Apollo program are arguably the only place we spend taxes that generate more money then we spend - by creating new technologies, new scientific disciplines, etc. The Apollo program generated 9 times the revenue it required in newly created industries and technologies.

    And lastly, where would we be without Christopher Columbus and all of the others who made the first expeditions from Europe to America?

    Humanity must grow or perish.

  • 1 decade ago

    The universe has so much fascinations and fantasies to offer but people think it's a waste of time and money, what a lack of curiosity and thoughtfulness.Just look at the stars and think for a moment about our existence in this part of the universe,in one of the several arms of the milky way and then imagine if we are the only ones inheriting this universe or if there could be life blooming in several planets of this infinitely huge universe?

    Exploring mars and the moon is for the purpose of understanding the universe better,why do you worry anyways as though you are funding it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wow im surprised you think its a waste of money. i LOVE the fact there are smart scientists and explorers finding out about other planets and so far as galaxies. Think about it - what do we have around us? Earth. If we could survive on another planet once this one starts slowly being destroyed, you would jump for it.

    earth is going through some changes and always has been but if they can learn whats out there and what could potentially save our lives...they deserve money being spent on them doing so.

    Yes, i sure want to live.

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  • Alion
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Much of the technology we enjoy today comes directly from the space program. More importantly,if the human race develops the ability to live on other planets it would greatly increase the chances of the species not going extinct. As it is a single large asteroid could make us go the way of the dinosaurs.

  • 1 decade ago

    What do you mean why? What if they had decided in 1490s that they already had been to the Americas and didn't do anything about it. If you are living in the Americas, where would you live? Spain? UK? Poland? We need to explore.

  • 1 decade ago

    Spinoffs from space exploration benefit us in our daily lives and NASA's budget is actually much smaller than that of other federal agencies.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Why do we do this why do we do that why do we do anything, because we are human, how boring life would be if we just worried about money, we ask questions as humans, we seek answers, so we need to spend money and time.

  • 1 decade ago

    We don't spend enough money exploring space.

  • 1 decade ago

    For another place for water flue etc

  • 1 decade ago

    I refute your assertion that it is a waste of money exploring space.

    Computer Technology - NASA Spinoffs

    GROUND PROCESSING SCHEDULING SYSTEM - Computer-based scheduling system that uses artificial intelligence to manage thousands of overlapping activities involved in launch preparations of NASA's Space Shuttles. The NASA technology was licensed to a new company which developed commercial applications that provide real-time planning and optimization of manufacturing operations, integrated supply chains, and customer orders.uu

    SEMICONDUCTOR CUBING - NASA initiative led to the Memory Short Stack, a three-dimensional semiconductor package in which dozens of integrated circuits are stacked one atop another to form a cube, offering faster computer processing speeds, higher levels of integration, lower power requirements than conventional chip sets, and dramatic reduction in the size and weight of memory-intensive systems, such as medical imaging devices.

    STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS - This NASA program, originally created for spacecraft design, has been employed in a broad array of non-aerospace applications, such as the automobile industry, manufacture of machine tools, and hardware designs.

    WINDOWS VISUAL NEWS READER (Win Vn) - Software program developed to support payload technical documentation at Kennedy Space Center, allowing the exchange of technical information among a large group of users. WinVn is an enabling technology product that provides countless people with Internet access otherwise beyond their grasp, and it was optimized for organizations that have direct Internet access.

    AIR QUALITY MONITOR - Utilizing a NASA-developed, advanced analytical technique software package, an air quality monitor system was created, capable of separating the various gases in bulk smokestack exhaust streams and determining the amount of individual gases present within the stream for compliance with smokestack emission standards.

    VIRTUAL REALITY - NASA-developed research allows a user, with assistance from advanced technology devices, to figuratively project oneself into a computer-generated environment, matching the user's head motion, and, when coupled with a stereo viewing device and appropriate software, creates a telepresence experience.

    Other spinoffs in this area include: Advanced keyboards, Customer Service Software, Database Management System, Laser Surveying, Aircraft controls, Lightweight Compact Disc, Expert System Software, Microcomputers, and Design Graphics.

    Consumer/Home/Recreation - NASA Spinoffs

    ENRICHED BABY FOOD - A microalgae-based, vegetable-like oil called Formulaid developed from NASA-sponsored research on long duration space travel, contains two essential fatty acids found in human milk but not in most baby formulas, believed to be important for infants' mental and visual development.

    WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM - NASA-developed municipal-size water treatment system for developing nations, called the Regenerable Biocide Delivery Unit, uses iodine rather than chlorine to kill bacteria.

    SCRATCH-RESISTANT LENSES - A modified version of a dual ion beam bonding process developed by NASA involves coating the lenses with a film of diamond-like carbon that not only provides scratch resistance, but also decreases surface friction, reducing water spots.

    POOL PURIFICATION - Space technology designed to sterilize water on long-duration spacecraft applied to swimming pool purification led to a system that uses two silver-copper alloy electrodes that generate silver and copper ions when an electric current passes through them to kill bacteria and algae without chemicals.

    RIBBED SWIMSUIT - NASA-developed riblets applied to competition swimsuits resulted in flume testing of 10 to 15 percent faster speeds than any other world class swim-suit due to the small, barely visible grooves that reduce friction and aerodynamic drag by modifying the turbulent airflow next to the skin.

    GOLF BALL AERODYNAMICS - A recently designed golf ball, which has 500 dimples arranged in a pattern of 60 spherical triangles, employs NASA aerodynamics technology to create a more symmetrical ball surface, sustaining initial velocity longer and producing a more stable ball flight for better accuracy and distance.

    PORTABLE COOLERS/WARMERS - Based on a NASA-inspired space cooling system employing thermoelectric technology, the portable cooler/warmer plugs into the cigarette lighters of autos, recreational vehicles, boats, or motel outlets. Utilizes one or two miniaturized modules delivering the cooling power of a 10-pound block of ice and the heating power of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

    SPORTS TRAINING - Space-developed cardio-muscular conditioner helps athletes increase muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness through kinetic exercise.


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