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Is NASA a waste of money?
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Posted 9/7/13
So, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) launched a probe to the moon, and on another forum people were complaining that its a waste of taxpayer money that could be better spent on the poor.

Others countered back, citing various spin-off technology that NASA either produced, or helped to create due to the various needs of a mission they're running, which then found its way back on Earth in various forms to help people out. Some also stated NASA gets less than half a cent per dollar that the US government spends (which is true, they don't get a lot of money, especially compared to the military).

So, regardless of if you're an American or not, do you think an agency such as NASA is a waste of money? Or do you think that, despite the seemingly "dumb" things they research, its worth the cost?
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Posted 9/7/13
If it wasn't for NASA, many products we have wouldn't exist today. Also, because of NASA, we are getting one step closer to finding another resource we could use without having to damage our planet (for instance, there is another moon that circles the Jupiter that has liquid hydrogen).
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Posted 9/7/13
NASA is the hero Earth needs, but doesn't deserve.
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35 / M / Texas
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Posted 9/7/13
HELL NO! Besides it helps my cities economy.
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Posted 9/7/13
I am one of 2 people to have voted yes.
Huh.
I feel that it's definitely productive, but we should be more worried about what's going on down on planet Earth before we start worrying about the rest of the universe or what have you.
That's not close-minded or anything... it just appears that we can't seem to solve any problems on a smaller scale. There are still poor, sick, and starving people. Also, what good is venturing out into space if we've all blown each other up because we can't get along?
My thoughts.
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Posted 9/7/13
Nope. Space exploration is a good thing.
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51 / M / Hawai'i
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Posted 9/7/13
NASA is one of the few things the government does decently.
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We spend 1/10th the budget percentage on NASA we did during the cold war,yet we outspend they top 6 military's combined worldwide. If we were to take funding to help the poor thats where it could come from. meanwhile we have a lack of scientists and engineers, the last big boom of new stems students was in the 80s, the ones who grew up wanting to be astronauts from seeing NASAs peak. You take away NASA you take away the industry that has helped push engineers to the extreme, helping people to survive in temps colder than antartica, you take away our hope for the future of exploration, not to mention there's more gold on say the asteroid eres than has ever been mined on earth. Its space exploration which improves conditions on earth through more affordable technologies everything from velcro to water purification.Not to mention the way we're using resources here isn't sustainable. 1% of water on earth is fresh water for one. WHen I was a kid there were 5 billion people on earth, now theres 7. In 1900 there were 2bill on earth, imagine in 100 years?
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No, Space is the future of mankind, eventually we'll have to find a new home, that may not be for thousands of years but one day we'll need a new home.
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24 / M / Singapore
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Posted 9/8/13
Indeed much money was burn for research and space exploration, but it is worth it, for the future of science and mankind.
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Posted 9/8/13
There can't always be perfect funding with perfect research and results.

Yes, you could say that the money is "wasted," but in my point of view, all the failed experiments and research only assist them in broadening their knowledge.

NASA contributes many things and their money is well worth it.
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Posted 9/10/13 , edited 9/10/13
NASA is never a waste of money. If you think it is a waste of money, you seriously underestimate the great many contributions NASA has made to society. Things that you use in your daily life and couldn't live without, yet never really think about.

Here is a neat little list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_spin-off_technologies

http://www.businessinsider.com/everyday-items-developed-by-nasa-2012-8

To date, NASA has documented nearly 1,800 "spinoff" technologies.



So if you honestly think that NASA is a waste of money, then you are - pardon the French - an ignorant fool. Just because their focus is space, does not mean that their work doesn't help to improve living on Earth.

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Posted 9/10/13
You know I like Tang, if it weren't for NASA there would be no Tang. Or pictures of the earth taken from the surface of the moon, or studies into many different technological fields, and the company I work for would likely be in a much worse position.... So no, I will keep my Tang and say that NASA is not a waste of money.
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Posted 9/10/13
I'll just leave this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbIZU8cQWXc
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51 / M / Hawai'i
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Posted 9/10/13
^Pretty good video. Another video this guy is featured in points out that Republicans typically give NASA(and other sciences) more funding that Democrats. Our current "hope & change" President blew off a group of veteran Astronauts who asked him not to cut the manned space programs.
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