Nation after nation, everyday, every year, celebrate their achievements in space exploration . However, it is now time to question how meaningful these blasts are and whether there maybe more beneficial ways to use the money.
First, until all urgent and important matters in this globe have been solved, money spend on space exploration is of no meaning. It does not make sense at all to invest million dollars researching and producing foods for astronauts (for space exploration purpose), while everyday thousands of people are starving. Furthermore, the discovery of outer space only serves a minor group of people if the majority is not even well-educated. People living in rural areas or third world countries do no even know how to prevent common threatening diseases like AIDS and lung cancer.
Then, some may argue that the purpose of space exploration is to discover new lands, new energy resources or to deter potential threat to the globe. Nevertheless, is it effective to do so while other alternatives are available? Land on earth is no yet effectively used. New energy resources (e.g. solar and nuclear energy) have not yet been widely-used. Threats of plagues have not yet been deterred. All these ?not- yets? need money. That is why costly space discovery programs are a waste of money.
In the nutshell, people should only invest in space exploration providing that () early-mentioned urgent and important matters have been solved. Also, purposes of space exploration campaign should be studied carefully and other alternatives should be considered before money is wasted.