Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost?


#102

One potential future advancement might be a light weight shielding solution. That would have benefits in medical industry, and several other industries as well.

Need often drives innovation.


#103

It’s totally worth it for those of us who don’t want to live on this planet anymore.


#104

What’s with all the negativity? I think that God would love us to explore universe, although in our current state (after the Original Sin) we would probably drag our problems and spread them through the whole galaxy.

Is it worth the cost – was the voyages of Columbus worth it?


#105

I think it’s really cool and that a manned mission to Mars or even a modern day mission to the Moon would be a massive achievement for humanity…

But I also think that with all the ways those billions of dollars could be spent doing things which make a difference to peoples lives here on earth, space missions seem like a frivolous waste of resources.


#106

First, NASA has the smallest budget of any federal agency. I mean were talking percentages of a penny or what other agencies get. The Space agency in general along with the military has given us almost all of our modern technology. I will read the article when I get a chance but what I stated above has been general knowledge for a very long time.
Secondly, it is in our nature as a species to explore new lands. Now all we have left to explore is space and the oceans. The space agency creates jobs through both the agency itself and private companies that support NASA.
Thirdly it gives us as a nation, or other nations that are involved in space exploration something totally around and national pride. It brings countries together they mutual exchange of science and technology.
So yes I say it is worth it. I truly believe GOD created other life out there and it would be great to discover it if in fact we are able to .


#107

I am already here, and i must say, apart from the food, i’d prefer it if my people came back and took me home.


#108

http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/ET.htm


#109

Human beings are funny. Little did they know that the planet earth has been a dumping ground for criminals, exiles, and undesirables for the last million years. To us, the planet earth is a prison.

The whole solar system is off limits.


#110

If that asteroid happens in the next 100 years. But after that we will be able to move it out of earth’s path.


#111

Thus the plan of satan, as it originally was.


#112

Yes, He did, and He told us about it in scripture.

The unfallen “worlds” , and the unfallen beings therein which “went not astray” , being “just persons, which need no repentance” :

See Hebrews 1:2, 11:3 “the worlds”, see also 2 Kings 23:5.

We are that one lost world, whom the Son of God, ‘Jesus’, left the ‘99’ (who need no repentance, having never fallen) for in Heaven to come and save us, that he might come from that “far country” and deliver us, and “return home” with us, that we may once again have a “place” among those “many mansions” : See Matthew 18:11-13; Luke 15:4-7; John 14:1-4.

The very “sons of God” (do not confuse with Genesis 6, differing context) who rule the unfallen worlds, as Adam [Luke 3:38], the first [1 Corinthians 15:45,46,47], on earth had [Genesis 1:26,28; Psalms 8:5] before his fall, and the angelic “morning stars”, see Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:4-7 & 1 Kings 22:19; 2 Chronicles 18:18; Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Jude 1:6. See also Romans 9:29; Ephesians 1:10, 3:15; James 5:4; Revelation 3:15, 5:3,4,13, 19:4,5,6,19. See also the phrase “LORD of hosts”, “kingdom of Heaven”, “king of heaven”, “Lord of Heaven”, “Kingdom of God”, “King of Kings, Lord of Lords”, “throne of God”, etc.

See also the prayer, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”, Matthew 6:10

Thrones: Daniel 7:9; Matthew 19:28; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:4, 11:16, 20:4

Dominions: Job 25:2; Psalms 103:22, 114:2, 145:13; Daniel 4:3,34, 6:26; Micah 4:8 (tie to Genesis 1:26,28; Psalms 8:6, 72:8; Daniel 7:27; Zechariah 9:10; 1 Peter 4:11, 5:11; Jude 1:25; Revelation 1:6); Ephesians 1:20,21; Colossians 1:16; Jude 1:8

Principalities: Romans 8:38; Ephesians 1:20,21, 3:10, 6:12; Colossians 1:16, 2:15; Titus 3:1

Powers: Ephesians 1:20,21, 3:10, 6:12; Colossians 1:16; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 3:22

Rulers of: Ephesians 6:12

things above: Colossians 3:1,2

legions ‘good’ (Matthew 26:53) and ‘evil’ (Mark 5:9)

etc.

A useful listing, and many more details, may be found in chapter 3 of this interesting research - here.


#113

A large yield nuclear warhead would be able to deflect it just enough to miss the earth.


#114

I think there would still be damage because it would break into smaller pieces


#115

A precise survey and distance formula would account for a possible break up, with other missiles waiting to finish the job, if needed.


#117

Haha, :smiley::sunglasses:


#118

Dang, thanks for that. :wink::sunglasses:


#119

If it wasn’t for space exploration, we wouldn’t have made a lot of discoveries that we use today on Earth.

Imagine a world without Tang, if you can, which was introduced as part of the space program.


#120

Tang was an orange juice substitute. I really liked it.


#121

Nope. Physics does not work that way. An explosion, no matter how energetic, would not deflect the asteroid at all. The most it could do is to break it up into several pieces. But all those pieces would essentially follow the same trajectory. Perhaps if the explosion were powerful enough to pulverize the whole thing into pieces no bigger than basketballs, then maybe they would all burn up in the atmosphere before reaching earth. It is unlikely that a single charge could do that. You would need to bury many such charges deep within the asteroid and set them all off at once. Unless Bruce Willis is overseeing the operation, it isn’t going to happen.

However, if the asteroid is located far enough away from earth, the amount of deflection needed would be small. Then we might plant a rocket on the asteroid and slowly push it perpendicular to its path. But that would require an ongoing detection program with probes in space, and a plan to rendezvous with the asteroid, matching its speed, landing on it, and deploying the “nudge.” That is not something we will do by waiting until we see something from terrestrial telescopes which would give very little time to plan and launch a mission, especially if we are not already proficient in exploring space.


#122

My sense of irony tells me the Deep Impact probe from NASA in 2015 nudged the comet just enough to be on a collision course with earth in a few centuries.


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