All of the "NO" arguments come from people who seem to know nothing about space. This statement makes me cringe. While there are many problems on Earth, a lot of them can be solved using the technologies that we develop for space exploration.
Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost? A Freakonomics Quorum January 11, Pretend that instead of being responsible for your household budget, which means paying for rent or a mortgage, transportation, some schooling costs, groceries, healthcare, vacation, etc.
In other words, pretend you are responsible for the U. And now ask yourself how much of that money you want to spend on manned space travel, and why. We gathered up a group of space authorities — G. Connell, Keith Cowing, and David M.
Livingston, and John M. Logsdon — and asked them the following: Is manned space exploration worth the cost? Why or why not? Their responses are below. As I suggested above, take your time. For the impatient among you, here are a few highlights: Logsdon on a not-so-obvious incentive for manned space travel: Treasury, not back to NASA.
The debate about the relative merits of exploring space with humans and robots is as old as the space program itself. Werner Von Braun, a moving force behind the Apollo Program that sent humans to the moon and the architect of the mighty Saturn V rocket, believed passionately in the value of human exploration — especially when it meant beating the hated Soviet Empire.
James Van Allen, discoverer of the magnetic fields that bear his name, was equally ardent and vocal about the value of robotic exploration.
There are five arguments that are advanced in any discussion about the utility of space exploration and the roles of humans and robots. Those arguments, in roughly ascending order of advocate support, are the following: Space exploration will eventually allow us to establish a human civilization on another world e.
We explore space and create important new technologies to advance our economy. It is true that, for every dollar we spend on the space program, the U. Space exploration can also serve as a stimulus for children to enter the fields of science and engineering.
Space exploration in an international context offers a peaceful cooperative venue that is a valuable alternative to nation state hostilities. International cooperation is also a way to reduce costs. National prestige requires that the U.
History tells us that great civilizations dare not abandon exploration. Exploration of space will provide humanity with an answer to the most fundamental questions: Are there other forms of life beside those on Earth? It is these last two arguments that are the most compelling to me.
It is challenging to make the case that humans are necessary to the type of scientific exploration that may bring evidence of life on another world. There are strong arguments on both sides. Personally, I think humans will be better at unstructured environment exploration than any existing robot for a very long time.
There are those who say that exploration with humans is simply too expensive for the return we receive.
However, I cannot imagine any U. President announcing that we are abandoning space exploration with humans and leaving it to the Chinese, Russians, Indians, Japanese or any other group.
I can imagine the U. Humans will be exploring space. The challenge is to be sure that they accomplish meaningful exploration. It is the contest between man and nature mixed with the primal desire to conquer.The millions we spend on the space industry don't go up in smoke: they pay for jobs, services, new technology and much more.
Of course space exploration is worth the money Editions. Is space exploration really desirable at a time when so much needs doing on Earth?
It is an often-asked and serious question that requires a serious answer. One could present many arguments, from jobs and education to technology development and national security, for undertaking a robust space program.
Critics of space exploration argue that it is not right to spend money on something like space research when several people on the planet are unable to meet even their basic needs.
Manned missions to space pose a great risk on the astronauts. For: Investing in further scientific exploration of space is a waste of resources. By Robin Hanbury-Tenison.
The amount of money being spent on space research is in the billions and it has achieved extraordinarily little except for a bit of improved technology which would probably have come about anyway by other means. Dec 19, · The politics and ethics of spending money on space exploration by Eric R.
Hedman Monday, December 19, “We shouldn’t spend money on space exploration until we’ve solved our problems here on Earth”. We seem to be spending a lot more on it than space exploration as it is. Space Exploration also gives the opportunity to one day, save mankind, and also benefit it greatly.
Take one of Saturn's moons, Titan.