July 16, 2009
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Sayan Majumdar   July 16th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

Space exploration demands immense research on the extreme frontiers of scientific technology, resulting not only in understanding the secrets of universe, but even the “spin-offs” find themselves applicable in modern commercial world.


Twahar Luzinda   July 16th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

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Bruggen Marc   July 16th, 2009 3:37 pm ET

Would we not better spend the money on this blue planet than to throw around in space.
Day to day we destroy nature on earth, it's time that we save the environment, so it still remains a blue planet.
These expeditions in space are prestige projects of individuals on this earth and only to benefit themselves .
We as a people would be better to live together and work towards a better world instead of to seek salvation in space.

Bye bye from Belgium

Fawad   July 16th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

There is no trace indicating existence of aliens. There is nothing to figure out in the space but a lot to find out here on earth including cure for diseases and Bin Laden.So stop wasting money

Luke Hope   July 16th, 2009 4:54 pm ET

I Believe it is fundamentally important for the advancement & longevity of the human race to be able to leave this planet and venture into space. If any doomsday asteroids were to hit us (and they will one day) it will send our planet into the dark ages again and all history and life as we know it would be lost. So yeah, Pretty important really don't you think?

Luke from UK (in Doha, Qatar)

A. Postma   July 16th, 2009 4:57 pm ET

Yes it is worth the money, but not taxpayers money. Let private enterprise explore space. Then money is raised by people who want to pay and not taxpayers who are forced to.

Global Thinker   July 16th, 2009 4:58 pm ET

I think space exploration is not only still worth the money, but worth our time and efforts. Technology needs direction. People need direction. Mankind needs options for future life. As a society, we do need to keep priorities in mind like education, birth control, safety as well as science. Why don't NASA scientists work on improving the shuttle? Could we ever build a shuttle, which could reach space without rockets?

Dave   July 16th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

If the purpose of life at its most rudimentary level is to survive and to progress, then the answer to the question is a resounding YES. A better question perhaps, given the current economic situation, would be "is space exploration worth the money at the moment?"

Engr. Bebeteidoh Lucky   July 16th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

If all the resources put into Space exploration, is put into the discovery of HIV/AIDS vaccine the world will be better for it.

Michael Abubakar Jr., M.D.   July 16th, 2009 7:22 pm ET

Americans are known for their pioneering endeavors that we all are enjoying from the invention of bulb to automobiles. I think it would be against your nature not to do what you do best. Give us reason to dream.......

Dennis   July 16th, 2009 7:49 pm ET

If it wasn't for research in general this world would not be where it is today. Space exploration is just that "research". Projects to improve the planet continue, but we must not just restrict research to this planet. Einstein's visions envoloped space research and exploration. Humanity cannot just turn a blind eye and do nothing. In todays world we have many thanks to space exploration. Better fire protection for firefighters, GPS, more efficient light bulbs, satellites for TV, maps, etc; and the list goes on and on. Research must continue, and include all possible routes to improve and harmonize humanity with this planet.

Nestor Torres   July 16th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

Without the spirit and dedication of space exploration we would not be capable of handeling the environmental problems that are facing us today and tomorow.

Luis   July 16th, 2009 7:56 pm ET

Space exploration is well worth the money. Most of the advances that we enjoy today have come from the space program – microchips, hearing aids, robotics, solar panels, energy cells and on and on. And not only have we benefitted from the space program technologically but to quote physicist Stephen Hawkings "the human race must move to a star outside our solar system to protect the future of the species" . It's only a matter of time until a fatal hit by a meteor or asteroid happens again. We happen to live on a plant that is very good at nurturing life and even better at extinguishing it.

Sarah in Oslo   July 16th, 2009 8:16 pm ET

We may have already tipped the ecological balance of the planet, and face a potentially disastrous future that could push the human race back 500 years. However, there will be no industrial revolution this time around, as we’ve squandered all our easily-accessible resources – and the increasing struggle for what little remains will only fuel global human misery from which we may never recover. Investment in space technology and exploration is crucial; all the resources we could ever need are there, provided we are smart enough to focus on developing the means to access them while taking the time to let our planet heal. Not to mention the short-sightedness of the “eggs in one basket” argument. Space is our future.

Mohsin Habib   July 17th, 2009 10:30 am ET

I think going into space is waste of money. There are thousands of children dying everyday in Africa. The third world countries are suffering because of war and famine. We should do something about it.

Mike Almasi   July 22nd, 2009 1:03 pm ET

Islamic regime in Iran has taken Iranian hostage for 30 years. We have to topple this tyranical regime and free Iran and Iranians once and for all. Re-election or even another president will not solve the problem. Every president is sworn to protect Velayat Faqih not the interests of Iranian people.

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