Should we invest in space exploration while millions of people die of hunger?

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I personally am very into sciences and when I got asked this question I instinctively thought: yes of course! But when I forced myself to ask the question why, I found it difficult to come up with an answer. It is a question that is as old as space exploration itself but I still cannot find a satisfactory conclusion.

Each year we spend billions on space exploration, can we justify these spendings while more than 10% of the entire world are chronically malnourished or billions can't access even basic health care?

The obvious explanation would be that agencies such as NASA, ESA, JAXA... provide benefits that indirectly improve humanity but that is not what I am talking about. There is no doubt that such agencies provide great contributions to the scientific field and society, but can we justify research projects such as those studying Mars, the origins of the universe, life on planets that are thousands of light years away...? These are topics that are almost purely out of human curiosity and of which the benefits most likely won't appear for a thousand more years.

I can think of better investments to improve societies in the long term such as global internet networks to spread information efficiently or structured actions to close the yield gap.

I do not want to discuss the examples I mentioned above but mainly the overall idea whether those billions of dollars could be better invested elsewhere or not, or why this is not a good idea.

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We all see things differently. Honestly if we look at this question, and answer it with an uneducated mind, feeding the world with the intended fund to explore the space would be our resolution. Whereas, it's beyond ordinary sympathy for people's basic necessities.

Besides, NASA is not the reason people are going hungry. It seems we are not looking closely at our various political system. The corruption, mismanagement and misappropriation of fund, diversion of public fund into private projects and so on should be the major concern.

Space exploration is a project that is embarked on to save the world. We are all cheering about the improvement in our technologies. We all benefit from it and all these cannot be achieved without going an extra mile. There are many natural resources in the màrs that is yet to be discovered. We are not going there to relax or have fun. Its all for the good of the people. Sooner or later this planet will run out of some basic things for survival. Is that when we will start running helter skelter for a way to survive? It is not a news that environmental degradation is already an issue. In few years the case will be worse. Which way out? Let's plan ahead. I'm not saying it is good for people to die of hunger but the question is ; Is it the fund dedicated for space exploration that the hungry people need to survive? Affirmatively No. Please don't let's mix things up. These are two different entities.
This is the fact : No one can halt the journey of intellectual discoveries, so please let's keep the drama out of the question and think as reasonable people.

It is as if you are already giving up our planet. Like a place that can be plundered and then neglected. But plundered and exhausted territory can very well be restored, renatured and made alive. People have every ability to do so. But if we spread a pessimism and think that our salvation is to be found in interstellar journeys and the resources of foreign planets, then we only want to care reluctantly about the boring old earth. The reason for the space travel, is from my point of view not an end-time view, but human curiosity and adventure desire. The never standing still human explorer spirit, who dares to venture into the vastness of space to see, to recognize and to marvel.

It is less urgent from my point of view that outside terrestrial resources can be brought to earth to an extent that is sufficient to solve ecological problems. Earthly projects seem far more promising to me, such as the greening of a previous desert, the Chinese Loess Plateau lead by a guy named John D. Liu. To make devastated landscapes arable again by permaculture methods and an active participation of the local inhabitants an as important task as the exploration of the universe.

The knowledge of modern physics and astronomy could work hand in hand with the knowledge of microbiology and other faculties, such is partly tried and propagated by committed scientists. It is, as always, a long way to such a form of cooperation and we could all feel called upon to call on our strengths and competences in interaction with each other.

So what do you do best? What are the consequences of the positive insights gained in your life? Where do you find inspiration and fulfillment?

Which projects do you personally fund and support? Is there anything you would like to recommend as something worthwhile to pay attention to?

Short answer = no!

Although it is "cool" in interesting and exciting for space exploration, we still know very little about this planet or our oceans...

Great question @samve!

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Of course we should explore space. Of course we should feed millions. As long as there is a market for Rolls Royce, Cartier and 100 foot yachts, we've got money for both.. As long as there is money for Trident missile systems (is that model out of date, now?), we've got money to feed millions and money to explore. Plus, of course, exploration involves an industry, and industries dependent on that industry. Education, jobs, economic growth that can be fueled by exploration. This leads to economic growth and the ability to feed millions.

There's my answer. Great question :)

Oddly enough the proponents of removing or limiting space exploration do not do the same when it comes to military spending or other non-value adding endevours which are orders of magnitud larger.

If anything, investing in STEM (that includes space exploration) will give us the tools to combat poverty and human misery via new knowledge and spinoff technology.

In addition it doesn't have to be a zero-sum game. Why not invest in both instead of wasting resources in other none productive activities such as military spending as I pointed out in in my previous comment?

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I personally think that the space propaganda is just a big money making machine.

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Just go on and look to the future. But first think of our planet if we want a brighter future.

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New insights can come from research that might look irrelevant at first. An example of this is Galileo`s work in astronomy.

You should not trade a certainly good investment (structured humanitarian aid) for a possibility of a new discovery.

I think I remembered people mentioned about the possibility of this world being broken by global warming, diseases etc. which kinda force us to contemplate a new place for living. Terraforming another planet so that it can be a suitable habitat for us, humans, would cost billions, even with what have been aimed by Elon Musk to reduce the cost of space travel from 10 billions to 100k USD, it still going to take a lot of times and probably some research (which requires more budget) to create a much efficient, sophisticated and low-cost technology. I have been wondering why don't we spend that money into researching something that could potentially reverse global warming and focus on health care so that diseases can be prevented. True, it is uncertain whether that would provide some kind of positive changes to the environment or how people who were well-nourished can prevent the spread of certain diseases, but so does space exploration. There are millions of possibilities and we do not know which one could potentially wipe us out one day. Everyone is taking a risk and instead of focusing on what could happen, I would be very much concern about our problems at hand and how can we help reduce its complications.

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We all see things differently. Honestly if we look at this question, and answer it with an uneducated mind, feeding the world with the intended fund to explore the space would be our resolution. Whereas, it's beyond ordinary sympathy for people's basic necessities.

Besides, NASA is not the reason people are going hungry. It seems we are not looking closely at our various political system. The corruption, mismanagement and misappropriation of fund, diversion of public fund into private projects and so on should be the major concern.

Space exploration is a project that is embarked on to save the world. We are all cheering about the improvement in our technologies. We all benefit from it and all these cannot be achieved without going an extra mile. There are many natural resources in the màrs that is yet to be discovered. We are not going there to relax or have fun. Its all for the good of the people. Sooner or later this planet will run out of some basic things for survival. Is that when we will start running helter skelter for a way to survive? It is not a news that environmental degradation is already an issue. In few years the case will be worse. Which way out? Let's plan ahead. I'm not saying it is good for people to die of hunger but the question is ; Is it the fund dedicated for space exploration that the hungry people need to survive? Affirmatively No. Please don't let's mix things up. These are two different entities.
This is the fact : No one can halt the journey of intellectual discoveries, so please let's keep the drama out of the question and think as reasonable people.

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