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Should governments spend money on space research?

lisalisa Posts: 1,203 ✭✭✭
There have always been considerable discussions about governments should spend public tax payers' money on space research. In my opinion it is impossible to justify the amount of money spent on such projects. Generally speaking, the main reason for this position is that there are several areas in which money would be invested better.

The first point to make is that politicians have a responsibility to spend pulic money on projects that bring a benefit to the general public.This has not been the case with space research as most developments have been limited to helping the astronuts in space or have been very specialised.For example, it is not of great value to the general pubulic that we now have pens and biros that can write upside down. This does not merit the huge amount of money spent.

The second point to make is that there are many much more urgent projects that require investment. If governments spent less money on space research, they could be able to help solve some of those problems such as popullation control, elimination of diseases like colera, global warming and food shortage. It seems to me that all of these issues are more important because they affect the lives of millions of ordinary people. An illustration of this is that the US government could provide food for all starving people in the world if they did not spend so much on NASA.

My conclusion is the politicians should not fund the space research. The grounds of saying this are that it is very costly and provides few real benefits. Furthermore, there are several more urgent issues that need to be funded.

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  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,553 mod
    I think that money invested in scientific research is not usually wasted @lisa. Often there are side benefits that don't even have anything to do with what the scientists set out to discover.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,203 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge Often there are side benefits that don't even have anything to do with what the scientists set out to discover. Could you explain this sentence to me? I am afraid I do not get the exact meaning of it.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,553 mod
    Technological discoveries some times can be used for other purposes than what they are mean for @lisa.
  • lisalisa Posts: 1,203 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge Thank you for your kind explanation
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,571 mod
    Like the experiment where human cells are transplanted to rats?
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,553 mod
    I don't know about this @april. Please tell us more.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,571 mod
    We will read the article about it next week with @Natasha, @mheredge .
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