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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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Where on it John.

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Through exploration of space, we may find new precious materials that can be a scientific benefit that will help us to understand the universe and where we belong. More funding is needed for research, scientists, engineers, teachers, students and computer scientists. By using solar energy to reduce spending will help with funding.

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Thank you so much for the article - it is very informative and quite inspiring.

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Thanks everyone for all the great comments - Keep them coming!

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ahh sweet, I was just reading about the winners from toronto; stand-alone unit processes the mess into safe stuff in 24 hrs or less, got $40K. Soon we will be endebted to the Gates' for both public computers and perhaps public washrooms. <3 philanthropy #LovingTheTrickleDown ;p

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Countries around the world donate millions if not billions in aide for 3rd world countries, if they also spend similar amounts in exploration then that is up to that particular country!... no one tells US how to spend our earnings, space exploration could find cures for many diseases, also could find us a second home as this planet is wayyyyyyyy over populated. And personally speaking i think it wonderful looking out to mars and knowing that curiosity is there well done too NASA.

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Interesting video, and yes aside the Spin-off discussion as Neil deGrasse says we have the chance to learn more of ourselves by watching how we behave from another point of view. It's incredible how much we can learn gaining a diverse, far, objective, different point of view on something or someone. Even the story published by NasaKennedy account on August 15th on youtube called "In my own words" about Nicole Stott ... other people that mentor us can tell us what they see in us and what we don't see. If we spend in Space also together (check on CIA factbook how much every nation spends for military for example) we can get together or competing to common goals. Space exploration helps peace and if we develop a Space Culture in our societies in the different cultural backgrounds (u.s.a., India, China, Italy ...) we can create a Culture of innovation which helps economies. You can follow these topics on 28th National Space Symposium video on youtube by deGrasse. I love Fragile Oasis, Keep up the good work. The experiment from SpaceLab is appealing and makes the ISS much more attractive to me. It was a great Idea. As I was telling Suni few minutes ago in a post I would have loved to send my experiment to you there! Now I have to go back to finish watching an interesting movie ... it's called GATTACA ;)

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