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Why do we have the space program?

Yeah, it's cool and all, but why do have it when our country is so far in debt. I feel like it's a case of 'He who dies with the most toys win.', as in who ever does the most stuff in space, is the 'biggest and best country'. It's not like we could live in space, even if we could, it'd be incredibly far off in the future and extremely costly, right? Also, why did we launch a rocket(?) into the moon, to find out if there was water? I don't think it's that important, but I'm only 15... so I probably don't know too much.

Asked By: -Suiteheart- - 10/21/2010
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Here is a short list of inventions that are directly related to research in the space program... More
Answered By: Bradley - 10/21/2010
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You're only 15 but I agree with you 100%. We have people on our planet starving to death but yet we're spending billions on the space program that so far hasn't benefited man kind in any way that I can see for the cost.
Answered By: Larry E - 10/21/2010
 
I believe that at the height of the Cold War, the US and the former Soviet Union were just trying to flex their muscles to each other.
Answered By: Mr. Q - 10/21/2010
 
Modern conveniences, GPS, radar, etc. But not only that, practically all nations are in debt. You can run a nation and invest money in a nation while it is in debt. The big concern is if the debt surpasses the GDP which for the US, is about 33 trillion... More
Answered By: Bill Jonah - 10/21/2010
 
NASA has made some of the most important discoveries known to man kind, and theoreticaly, we can live in space. we are planning a base on the moon i beleive in 2020 and on the moon lies to problem to our energy problem, thats Helium3 if im not mistaken. it will completely get us off oil. plus on the moon solar panels... More
Answered By: Boone - 10/21/2010
 
A lot of useful spinoffs have come from the space program and it is cool and interesting, but I think going to the moon and trying to send people mars or trying to look for life should be held off till there's the money we could spend on it.
Answered By: Skecat - 10/21/2010
 
people question the space budgets, but they are often absent minded about the military budgets, the united states space budget is roughly 14 billion dollars, and has like many of my compatriots posted above, provided much benefit and spinoff to the economy, 14 billion sounds like a lot, and it is, but compare that to... More
Answered By: mgg912 - 10/21/2010
 
This is a old one that I also heard from my sister back in the 1970 moon shot area... More
Answered By: Bill The Cat - 10/21/2010
 
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