Astrophysics is so glitzy, but I am exhausted by all the money spent on telescopes. “So what?” is my opinion. There are some neat composite pictures. But, is that “it”?
We can’t get to the nearest star in a human lifetime, even if it weren’t cost prohibitive.
All those engineers and scientists seem to want to justify their jobs, when there are many more pressing problems down here on earth.
We hear about all this “research” on the ISS, but what has it produced? Are the results in the private domain? I suspect that there is more militarization of space than there is fundamental research. The cliché is that the next big war will be in space. “Star wars?” I thought we got over that decades ago.