To play devil's advocate, the technological development NASA has achieved has benefited America and the world as a whole tremendously. Necessity is the mother of invention, and space travel creates a lot of necessity! So many challenges have to be overcome, you can't help but discover things along the way.
I definitely do not consider space travel as a whole to be wasteful spending at all, but the shuttle program proved to be a misstep.
One of you will end up here next!
When I want something done, I go to who has the most experience especially when lives are at stake.
It has been said here that it will be better to let private companies take over space exploration.
What private company has more experience than NASA?
When that private company starts business, they will have to go through a lot of trial and error to get things right.
Nasa has a lot of time and know how under their belt.
I hope Obama funds NASA in the future to get back on track and not let the deaths of the shuttle astronauts be in vain
When the potential enemy is in the possession of missiles that can be launched undetetably, stealthed from radar detection, and can hit their target from the zenith at a seven-mile-per second approach speed, or faster, let us know how current technology defends against that, okay?
But you have to build your strawmen where you can beat on them, I suppose, if it makes you happy.
I already stated the manned space program is a national defense issue, and you've already rejected the idea of national defense.
Hubble won't be repaired because it will be replaced with the next generation of space-based telescopes which will be far more powerful than Hubble ever was.
Space exploration will continue but for the foreseeable future it will be robotic, not manned. Robots are far more capable, pound for pound, and far less vulnerable than human beings.
The space shuttle program confirmed two things we should have known before we started: sending people into space will always be expensive and it will always carry significant risks.
“Real environmentalists live in cities, and they visit what's left of the wilderness as gently and respectfully as possible.” — Donna Moulton, letter to the editor, Tucson Weekly, published on August 23, 2001