Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Is space exploration more important than human beings?

Along with terrorism, another issue which seems uncontrollable is World Hunger. The number of hungry people reached 1 billion this year and the number is only going to increase from here. The USA, the world's
grandfather as I like to call it has donated 1.2 billion (the highest) to the World Food Program this year. This is a reduction from 2.07 billion that was donated by USA last year. Many say the decrease is due to recession.
On the other hand, The National Aeronautical and Space Agency (NASA) has received the same amount (17.2 billion) that it received last year. Common sense tells us that in recession the only activity that should have been curtailed is space exploration and the donation to the WFP should have increased. But the opposite is true.
15% of the world population is without basic food facilities and all we are doing is sending shuttles to Mars and the Moon.


  1. Riddler820 aka Fark24 October 2009 at 05:33

    I suppose the Americans think that there space programme is more important than anything else ... I think they care more about themselves rather than others ... can't say much about it.

    P.S. Expecting a post on the current situation in Pakistan.

  2. Well observed Jack!

    What goes on in the minds of the people and governments that authorise such lavish spendings remains a mystery.

    One selling point for the space program (to the US at least) would be the possibility that it helps them develop their military prowess further. Data collected by NASA helps the armed forces develop weapon and satellite technology.

    To me that still doesn't justify letting thousands die of preventable poverty.

    To them it obviously does.

  3. The future of human space exploration looks bleak. After making great leaps 50 years ago, stagnation has taken over. No human has left Earth orbit in 37 years, and NASA's current unambitious goals look to be further delayed or scaled back.