Here is a gem I found on Yahoo Answers. All errors are depicted as presented on the site. I read this with a mixture of interest, disbelief, awe, and embarrassment for my fellow humans. Enjoy.
The question is as follows:
Is space travel waste time and money?
The best answer:
yes, why look for life out in space when we have people starving to death here on earth!
#1. mineing companys would get fat
#2. Applied research is easy to justify financially, because you have a goal going in that a venture capitalist sees as profitable. A lot of pure research (research done because scientists are curious) doesn't generate profits until centuries later. If not for Ben Franklin's kite experiment, mankind wouldn't have taken the first steps toward understanding electricity (controlled lightning).
#3. i wouldn't say so...that is an experience that few have the chance or the money to experience...i say if you have the time and money...go for it because i think that you would be one of the very few that would be able to say...'hey, i have been out in space...how cool is that?'
#4. No way! It is critical and wonderful. If we stop spending all our money or war and maybe on looking after our planet and space travel...then we might save ourselves from our own destruction.
#5. redirected those dollars could mean our survival.
#6. No. The faster we unravel the wonders of outer space the faster we can Trek it!
#7. no, more money should be spent on it than spending money on junk
#8. No, why?
#9. It's not a waste of time. We find out about other things living out there in the world.
#10. You are on a computer. Thank the space program for many improvements in the things we have in life.
#11. the least thing would be go to space and watch our earth from inside the ship. But its about experience. it can't be measured. The great thing is its available to common man. Raher the question should be do i want this experince and if yes can i afford it. its not about 'HOW MUCH".. this is what i feel...u might feel different..
#12. I don't think so. Humans are curious, its no wonder we are so interested in discovering what is out there! Look at what we have here, imagine what else is out there. No harm in at least trying.
#13. imagine mars if full of oil!!!!
screw you iraq U.S.A U.SA!!! :-P
#14. Some space exploration is good for the sake of knowledge, but most of the manned plans have no use whatsoever, unless you consider tremendous waste of resources a use. Explore using robotics.
#15. yes, because it's so expensive. you could have give your money to the poor and those people who needed it most. You could have devoted your time by making good deeds. traveling in space can olny satisfy your imagination but if you help other people, it would give you joy within.
#16. Wasting time and money is impossible.
Is someone moves away from Earth, the time that the person flew from would go faster until he or she could not tell the time.
About the money, they won't be lose as their still in the bank or in your houses.
#17. No. The technology we have gotten as a result of space exploration has more than paid for itself.
As just one example: The Microwave Oven alone (a NASA invention) has saved this country more in electricity than we have ever spent on space travel.
Now let's talk electronics, food storage, solar cells, and metal alloys...
"It's raining soup; grab yourself a bucket" (D. D. Harriman)
#18. Hell no. Expand or die.