Sources: SpaceX, CBS News
quote: I'm not buying into the whole idea that cool space gadgets will somehow "advance" the human race.
quote: I would love to reply but I feel like trying to discuss this topic with someone who apparently lacks the mental ability to see further than what's on his nose would be a waste of time.
quote: They already have, 100% fact. Sorry. But I'll be sure to send a memo to NASA telling them to get right on that "curing cancer" agenda...
quote: The ultimate question is could we have brought the same findings without proxy?
quote: NASA has done some great things, but they haven't cured cancer.
quote: What are the top reasons why we should continue to spend billions of dollars that we don't have?
quote: Department of DefenseDepartment of Health and Human Services including Medicare and MedicaidDepartment of EducationDepartment of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDepartment of State and Other International ProgramsDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of EnergyDepartment of JusticeDepartment of Agriculture
quote: Since you are singling out the space program, I will assume that you are implying that the following areas where significantly more "billions" are being spent are worthwhile and a good use of taxpayer money:
quote: My main issue is that we spend a tremendous amount of money on stuff that just turns out to be "pretty neat" rather than things that can be thought of as mind blowing revolutions
quote: I'm not at all placing $0 value on scientific research; I just refuse to believe that billions spent on a deep space probe satellite will somehow magically cure the looming food and clean water shortage problems.
quote: What innovation has been brought to the world by NASA's deep space program that couldn't have been independently researched?
quote: Honestly, there's way to many variables here for your to have any idea whether cutting spaceflight and dumping the money into social programs would have any impact, much less a major one.
quote: If we ever make it to interstellar space, we will find thousands or dead world covered in the ruins of civilizations that made a cost benefit analysis of space travel.
quote: We want to spend 10's and 100's of billions on space exploration, yet we cant figure out how not to spend more than we have here in the U.S. I think fixing a broken government and society here on planet earth is required before we start playing in space . I'm all for scientific exploration, but lets be real. Nothing of gain has been discovered that can compare against the amount of money spent.
quote: I think were we are now is more of a society problem than a science problem.
quote: I think I would rather spend my taxes on helping our nation become energy independent rather than building a new telescope to see extra-solar planets.
quote: If you used your cellphone to place a long distance call today, it worked because of satellites launched as a result of the unmanned space program
quote: Solar power? Space program developed it before anyone conceived of the need for it on Earth.
quote: The free market doesn't do "leap of faith."