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In some respects, I support space exploration and the pursuit of science because it is for the sake of knowledge and the advancement of mankind.  Projects like the Large Hadron Collider, Chandrayaan and the James Web Space telescope...

But at the same time, I cant help but feel that there are more important things the government should be focusing on. I am a firm believer in the notion of progressing as a species, not in parts, with some nations developing faster than others, as the world is doing now.  I mean here we are in America, having time to think about space exploration and other things when other places in the world cant even secure the basics: food and clean water? 

Can it ever change?  Sometimes I feel that the U.S. government should channel the money that goes to NASA to causes which relieve the suffering of people in third world nations.  Astronomy, love it as I may, does not take priority over life itself.  There are better uses for the money.

But I suppose looking at it that way is overly simplistic.  As long as there are people, there will be problems, there will be imbalance.

I just wish there was some way of changing things.

WoundedButterfly WoundedButterfly
18-21, F
1 Response Feb 14, 2009

Well said!! I have thought the same thing for a very long time.