Space exploration’s benefits are worth our investment

Space exploration has led to the development of new technology that benefits everyone. The science discovered is valuable as knowledge, which may or may not have a practical value. That is the nature of science. The jobs created pay better than a government make-work project, and some of these jobs are privately funded. These missions draw our attention to the bright possibilities of the future in a way that no social program can.

We can argue about the details, but I do recognize the need for the social programs that dominate the federal budget. That being said, if we can pay millions of dollars so that a group of millionaires can play ball in a shiny new stadium, then I think we can afford the technology, science, jobs, and raw inspiration provided by a space mission.

My earliest datable memory is Apollo 16’s launch. If you don’t find space exploration inspiring, the you are missing something beautiful.

Ralph Semmes Jackson III

Everett

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