Bah, my apologies about the credit on the pics.
And I know you know how tiny the Earth is
, but most people don't have the foggiest clue. Space just isn't their thing, or they don't care, or whatever, it's cool, to each their own. Was just pointing it out that we'll never fully explore even a tiny bit of what's out there is all.
Good point about the by-products of it. I didn't really think too much of that part, so that is a very good point.
I do disagree about it being worth it though, at least on the scale of knowledge. I believe at some point with the way the human race is moving, we will become extinct. So with that said, what difference does it make if we go extinct knowing just what we currently know about the universe, or if we know 100X that amount? To me, it seems irrelevant. To bring it down to scale, if I die right now, would it make any difference if I could list the planets in our galaxy? Of course not (and I can - other than Pluto - last I heard it wasn't a planet anymore
- so maybe I can if I'm up to date on that
). No difference than thousands of years from now. If people know 100X more than what we know now about space, it will be irrelevant. The focus should be on the species not going extinct. That would be finding ways to cure disease, increase people's lives, make the world a better place. Don't have to leave the planet to do that.
Then at that point move forward, expand, explore the galaxy, etc.
And true, it's a tiny bit of the government's budget, but part of that is because we overspend on so much else. Would be like buying a car for $1 million and then buying $50,000 tires. May not look silly to spend $50K on tires if you compare it to the car's price, but it's still $50K for rubber.
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....