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Why Should We Spend Money on Space Exploration When We Have So Many Problems Here on Earth?

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I’m asked all the time, “Why should we spend money on space exploration when we have so many problems here on planet Earth?” Two-Way Technology Transfer During the past 50 years we frequently heard about the many amazing spinoffs from the human spaceflight program - everything from personal computers to ...

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I feel like solar powered air conditioning is a logical next step! We should be implementing it in cities everywhere.

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solar powered refrigerator is really cool!

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Such a wonderful idea, the solar-powered refrigerator, in its role storing medical supplies it will touch so many lives for the better - patients, their families, and medical professionals. I have a work colleague who is involved in a project which brings solar power to rural farming families in Nicaragua - the solar panels provide light at night enabling the farmers to sell milk untainted by fumes from kerosene lamps which they previously used for lighting, and allows the families' children to read and study for longer each day, improving their educational opportunities.

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I just don't see it. It all seems like excess spending that takes away from research that could be done by universities. That is to say, we build machines and rockets and send them off into space and a company gets to make and sell solar refrigerators. I say eliminate the rockets and machines and fund research directly. We don't have to explore space to peripherally benefit from it. Use the $150bn dollars the ISS cost to fund research into creating clean drinking water for impoverished areas. Use it to fund research like Gates did into creating a better toilet to save lives (1.5m children a year) taken by poor sanitation. And there would still be $149.6bn left over.

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I think he (Gates) awarded the toronto toilet guys 40,000 not 400,000 if that was how you got to $149.6B ;) only big govt pays $400,000 for a toilet that sucks ;p (get it; sucks... space, vacuum... ehhh ? )

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hahaha, thats punny !

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hahaha, that's punny !

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Great write-up Ron! Gotta keep telling that message. No necessity, no invention! We as a species can become very complacent and we will revert to being a "great ape" once again. But those few that keep on pushing the boundaries are truly blazing the path not only to the stars, but right out of the Stone ages as well! Bravo!

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"The Gates toilet focus started just about a year ago, and including grants announced Tuesday, $370 million in foundation money has been committed to reinventing the toilet. " http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/08/15/bill-gates-toilet.html

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"The Gates toilet focus started just about a year ago, and including grants announced Tuesday, $370 million in foundation money has been committed to reinventing the toilet. " http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/08/15/bill-gates-toilet.html

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