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Is Space Travel Still Relevant?

In the late '50s the space race with Russia was headline news. In 1969, all eyes were glued on Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they became the first men on the moon. Half a century later, space travel has lost some of its clout, but not its intrigue.

Last week India landed its first probe on the moon and earlier this year China made headlines with its first spacewalk. Every time NASA launches a shuttle it's news — which on occasion has led to horrible tragedies — but today much of what the organization does with government money is satellite research on the Earth's environmental status, work on the International Space Station, and aeronautics research and development. Doubtless, there are still lots of kids who want to grow up to be astronauts, but tell us — do you think space travel is still relevant or a waste of the country's money?


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jemimajane78 jemimajane78 8 years
It is an exciting idea to research but a decadent one.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Of course it's important I think that space travel is the most innovative form exploration what man has been doing for centuries. Who knows what doors it will open, however like Steph and other's have said we have no money for it so I suggest we stop sending people up to space when the people down here don't have places to live anymore!
geebers geebers 8 years
I would have to say that while I think we need to spend on it- we should definitely scale-back until our economy is somewhat stable.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I still can't wait for our moon and Mars colonies :p
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I think space travel is definitely still relevant, but it's lost some of it's appeal. Families don't gather around the TV to watch the latest launch like they used to. And I agree, I have a hard time justifying spending so much money on space travel, when our own planet is in such disarray. Dave-Our R&D department was one of the first areas to feel a pinch when we started having money problems. 10 employees down to 4. Not a complete shut down, but they're just as vulnerable as the rest of us :)
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I definitely think we should still allocate money and resources for space travel a research, but not as much as we have been. First and foremost, we need to make earth is in good standing.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
of course it's relevant; however, can we limited the missions to save. It's time to pull the purse strings together.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I think a lot of our innovations come from NASA, so it's hard for me to say stop. That's like telling your R&D department to pack up and go home, there's nothing left to invent.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
as a fan of anything sci fi, I wish we were farther along in space travel than we are. But the realist in me knows that we need to stop sinking so much money into the space program while our country is in debt.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i do think that it's relevant. i know that a lot of shows from years ago showed really insane looking futuristic space colonies and all that but i have to say that i think that years and years from now that it will become a reality. there's so much that we are doing to our planet, that it's only common sense that we should explore outside of what we know. think about everything that we are learning about other planets, and possible about other solar systems. you can't say that you wouldn't love to find out that there's another planet out there just like ours.
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
I definitely agree that we should continue with space exploration, even if we scale back a bit right now due to our pressing issues here at home.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
I hope it is always relevant - its one of the most profound endeavours the human race has undertaken. Of course we must take care of the most pressing issues that surround us, but like others have said above I really hope the idea that space travel is "irrelevant" never takes hold, and that time, money and resources are used - as available - to further our quest to understand the universe and our interstellar "neighbourhood" all the better.
Soapboxer Soapboxer 8 years
Um, when was it ever?
zeze zeze 8 years
I think at times like these we should definitely cut back and look into privatizing space study - I am sure there are tons of people out there wanting to sponser/fund this type of research (think of the first Bud Light shuttle on Mercury!!!) - we should look into tapping into some of that.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
What Michelin said :D It's not a waste of time at all; furthering their research could lead to our next home. But of course the economy is top priority right now.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I know! It makes me so sad, he was such a gentle soul!
foxie foxie 8 years
Yep, LOVE the fro. I wish he were still alive!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
And the fro! You can't forget the fro! ;) I used to watch him with my dad when I was little. Gotta love Bob Ross!
foxie foxie 8 years
Haha, thanks! Bob Ross is my idol. Air Force vet, animal lover, vegetarian, artist. He's got it all.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Steph, I think you got this one exactly right. I look forward to a time when we can afford to give better funding to the space program. And if we colonize Mars, I'm there :). Foxie, your avatar is awesome.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I was in a pool for jury duty and one guy's excuse was that he worked on a satellite for NASA and was one of two people that could interpret the data coming in. The other guy was out on bereavement leave, so if he got put on a jury... I did not have such a fantastic excuse. :( Foxie, I LOVE your avtar! Those are some happy looking trees! :)
foxie foxie 8 years
I'm completely and utterly torn on the issue.
stephley stephley 8 years
Obviously with the current economic crisis, we may have to pull back on space missions, but I don't think they're a waste of money at all. We should explore and know the rest of the universe and experiments in space have led to medical advances - I think they do a lot of work we don't hear much of about because the experiments are difficult to summarize in 30 second soundbites.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I'll say yes simply because my NASA obsessed nephew says it is. Scientist aka Mission Payload Specialist are doing a variety of different experiments each time they go into space. And these experiments help to advance science and research on earth. Hoping helping all animalkind.
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