Space, the final frontier. But is there anything actually out there? Since it was founded in 1958, NASA has spent roughly 450 billion dollars, peaking in 1964-66 when it consumed about 4% of US federal spending. That’s a lot of money, so where’s our moon base?
It’s true that a lot of space technology has military and commercial application. Satellite technology, for example, forms the backbone of the GPS systems that we all use to navigate. But are we kidding ourselves if we think we can use space technology to one day leave the planet?
Humanity has been adapted by billions of years of evolution to live on Earth. Stephen Hawking may think we should all pack up and find another planet, but it’s not that easy. Maybe we should spend more time trying to protect what we actually have, and less dreaming about the stars?
Is space exploration a waste of money? Or is it humanities last, best hope? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!