2012-08-25 18:32:15 UTC
nasa's is supposed to spend its funding to advance aviation technology and utilize space technology to improve our lives on earth. planetary exploration does none of that. but it is enormously expensive and siphons away all the funds from worthwhile projects.
they could have spent that $2.5 billion launching dozens of satellites to monitor the weather, hurricanes, global warming, to detect pollution, to improve communications, search for natural resources or provide gps positioning, saving hundreds or maybe thousands of lives. they could have built wind tunnels, tested hundreds of experimental aircraft designs, funded hundreds of projects to build safer and more fuel efficient airplanes saving hundreds more lives each year and thousands of gallons of jet fuel each year. how can they justify such waste?