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Vijay Sardana:
Space Travel is not an adventure for fun, it is a technological challenge to develop systems and technologies par excellence to achieve results where mistake has fatal outcome. This challenge to survive is the biggest motivation to develop technologies and systems which can be used with many applications to make human life better on earth. Second World War forced industrialization on mankind, today all global discussions and developments are how to revive industrial growth. Similarly space travel research may look useless, but will change the way we design energy efficient systems and safety systems. This will change the way food is preserved, cloth is designed, automobiles are designed, communication systems are designed and used and many more related issues. I believe space travel will force us to thing with zero defect approach in everything we do in public life. This will help in conserving resources and will make quality of life better on earth.

Vijay Sardana, PGDM (IIM-A), M.Sc (Food Tech)(CFTRI),
B.Sc.(Dairy Tech), PG Dipl. in Intl. Trade Laws & ADR, Member, Advisory Committee, Forward Market Commission, Govt. of India, Head – Food Security and Agribusinesses - Policy & Program

Timothy Merkel:
As romantic as the possibilities sound for extending humanity into space, time is running out for the one planet we do have. We need to prioritise the entirety of our scientific research, economic systems, political debates, ethical theories, and lifestyle critiques into discovering and enacting what needs to be done to maintain civilization on Earth. If that is not done, we shall be seeing science fiction all right, but in a different sub-genre than the space-dreamers anticipate: the apocalyptic.

Timothy Merkel, student, Utrecht University. The Netherlands.

Jeffrey Hilton:
Gene Roddenberry had addressed this question quite early. Here is a quote (c. 1981): "...I believe the move into space to be a human imperative. It seems to me obvious in too many ways to need listing that we cannot much longer depend upon our planet's relatively fragile ecosystem to handle the realities of the human tomorrow. Unless we turn human growth and energy toward the challenges and promises of space, our only other choice may be the awful risk, currently demonstrable, of stumbling into a cycle of fratricide and regression which could end all chances of our evolving further or of even surviving."

I'm already packed.


Jeffrey Hilton is EVP Film & TV at Peerless Pictures. USA.

D K Sabharwal:
Vivid in my memory is Neil Armstrongs live radio-ed words on the moon landing. As a kid then it was such an inspirational moment that its recall still gives me the goosebumps.Isaac Asimov and NASA for all the machines they propelled always fired my imagination... And I guess of millions of kids around.They continue to do so...CURIOSITY at MARS is an awesome work...and so were al. At the minimum they instil hope and inspire challenge. The endeavour that comes out from a character thus imbued would always payoff. We got wheels because someone chose to dream..hope and adventure!.. Any disciplined dedicated effort by a group with an intent to better life is always worth the effort. It has and would pay.. for details Dave has an impressive list below!

D K Sabharwal is CEO at Abacus Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. India.

Dmitry Polonsky:
They had to discover explosives in order to have internal combustion. They had build a nuke in order to have a microwave oven.

Space travel is R&D for global technology. Lately there seems to be less interest in space travel and space exploration.

I would be building permanent space stations in earth orbit, on the moon and also on mars. I would look for ways to mine in space, and have a space industry. :)

Dmitry Polonsky is Software Engineer. USA.

David Beach:
Definitely - yes, alot of technology has had research from space travel, most obviously is anything to do with solar panels, computer technology has benefited, inefficiencies in engines have been eliminated over time as well, and medical research.

Simple "space exploration" is not the real benefit, the real benefit the average person does not even realise as they sit using their mobile phone talking to people on the other side of the planet.

David Beach is Trade Floor Support Analyst at Universities Superannuation Scheme. United Kingdom.

Don Sears:
If you own property in other solar systems it's imperative!

Don Sears is Founder and Chairman at Pennies For The Troops Inc. USA.

Richard Freeman:
In the short term, the answer is probably a qualifed "no". The actual expense of manned travel in space is actually quite low. Many of the things that used to require people (especially advanced docking maneuvers) can now be done automatically which means the necessity of spaceflight is diminishing.

On the upside, as Dave so rightly points out the anciliary benefits in terms of having some of the smartest people in the world all employed by the same organisation is without measure and is the same reason for running gigantic telescopes or huge atom-smashers. Pure science isn't worth anythingmeone turns it into a new phone or a better toothpaste, at which point it suddenly becomes essential...

Richard Freeman is Employability Skills Tutor at Ingeus. United Kingdom.

John K.:
Yes, for all the abstract reasons and technical advancements previously mentioned....but also for all the metals, hydrocarbons and chemicals that are available which we are currently tearing up our earth to obtain.

We only need something better than huge wasteful rockets to get off the earth to make this economically feasible.

And for protection, the Earth has been hit by asteroids before, could happen again in our or our children's lifetime.

And maybe Hawking is right, a vast quantity of Galaxies with an unimaginable amount of planetary systems, gotta be intelligent life out there and it may not be friendly. Consider how the world powers in the past century enslaved native peoples to mine their guano or diamonds or farm their sugar-cane.

John K., Design/Sales at NewYorkCustomWoodworking. USA.

Terry Callendrillo:

Terry Callendrillo is board member at the World Trade Center Rescuers Foundation. USA.

Fahhan Ozcelik:
Yes, it is. In 1492, when Christopher Columbus departed for his journey, he had the vision for the expedition. Nobody can deny now that it had not paid the effort,

Fahhan Ozcelik is Senior Independent Consultant, Strategic Business Development in FMCG & Food-Service, Belgium.

Marilena Zografaki:
The effort?...yes! The money to be spent? No!
The amount of money to be spent on such a project is"out of space"! There are so many needs for so many people on this planet, there are so many illnesses to be cured that it would be so inhuman.

Marilena Zografaki, On-line Marketing / NJV Athens Plaza.

Ramesh Kumar:
It is a relative term.

If you have money and love to do something adventurous, yes, it may be worth it.

If you do not have money, but, it is your passion to travel to space and you are sure of managing the finances, it may still be worth it, depending on your priorities in life.

If you like to 'show-off' and can manage the trip, it is certainly worth it.

Ramesh Kumar is CTO at Eduquity. India.

Margaret A Ost:

Tang, the drink mix, was only popularized after going on space flights. At one point, every child wanted to try it. We had one jar. That was enough to satisfy our curiosity.

So, space travel, with the cross pollination of ideas, products and inventions inspires and can find new uses for ones we have.

Over 300 members.

Margaret A Ost, New business developer with econometrics software and Fortune 500 b to b background. USA.

Jon Baldwin:
I think the R&D value is huge - but it's tough to justify $1 billion for every Rover put on Mars - one of which vanished upon entry. Could we benefit just as much from putting that R&D money elsewhere? Hard to say, returns tend to diminish at some point.

The effort - yes. The cost - maybe.

Jon Baldwin, Experienced Logistics and Sales Executive. USA.

Giulio Prisco:
The best comment comes from Susan Shwartz: “The meek will inherit the earth. The rest of us are going to the stars. It’s worth it. It’s infinitely worth it.”

The first part of the comment sounds like Heinlein. I have tried to find the original quote, often attributed to Lazarus Long in Time Enough for Love or The Notebooks of Lazarus Long. I haven’t found it yet, but “The meek shall inherit the earth, the rest of us are going to the stars” is definitely the sort of thing that Lazarus Long would say.

Susan’s comment has attracted some typical pseudo-left noise like “Punchy as this soundbite is, it perfectly encapsulates the profound problems at the heart of the whole ‘space colonisation’ project: – the billions of people who want to live on this planet are disparaged as dull and unambitious; – Earth, and all its myriad co-evolutionary life forms, are dismissed as being of only limited interest; – the exorbitant costs, serious dangers and colossal impracticalities of space travel are utterly ignored.”

This is, of course, entirely missing the point, for nobody is saying that the people who want to live on this planet are dull and unambitious, or that Earth is uninteresting. But the world is an interesting place precisely because it includes billions of people with different interests and priorities. Some people want to stay, and some people want to go, like it has always been.

I can imagine a future nanny-planet scenario without space colonization, with a (gradually) reduced population, less damage to the environment, more assistance to the weak, reduced wealth and education gaps, and a simple but decent life for everyone under the enlightened protection of a benevolent nanny-world government. This scenario is good enough for a lot of persons who prefer a quiet life with no risks, and I wish them all the best, but I would find the
nanny-planet too boring, and escape as fast as I can. This is not putting the meek down and calling them dull, or unambitious, but simply stating that I have different ambitions.

There will always be persons who prefer a more interesting and fun life with some risks, and find far horizons and unknown wonders more appealing than the quiet familiarity of home. These are the explorers who will go to the stars. They will respect the choice of those who prefer to stay on Earth, but their own choice will have to be respected as well.

Susan’s comment identifies the real reason for space travel. I find arguments based on useful spinoffs from space programs rather weak (why not just develop the useful spinoffs). Telecom, Earth observation and positioning/navigation satellites (GPS etc.) for both civilian and military applications are extremely useful and can easily justify their costs, but they don’t qualify as “space travel.” At this moment, there is nothing that people can do in space that cannot be done cheaper here on Earth. This will change someday, once we colonize space, and our daring spirit of adventure is the real reason to go.

Ultimately, I think space will not be colonized by squishy, frail and short-lived flesh-and-blood humans, but by uploads. Our post-biological mind children, implemented as pure software based on human uploads and AI subsystems, will colonize the universe. As Sir Arthur C. Clarke said, they will not build spaceships, because they will be spaceships. Eventually, post-biological humans will travel between the stars as radiation and light beams. But in the meantime, we need to go back to space for our mental health as a species.

The space program of the 60s has given our generation the motivation and drive that we needed. If we want to have a chance to escape biology and become immortal post-humans roaming the universe as uploads we need to go back to space now, in our squishy human bodies, to inspire younger persons and incite them to study science and engineering, and develop new technologies. Not everyone can be a space explorer, but we are all partners and stakeholders in the cosmic future of our species and its “manifest destiny” among the stars.


Giulio Prisco is writer, consultant. KurzweilAI, teleXLR8, Hungary.

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Thomas Thompson
Hmmmm.....Good question...Without a clear objective for the billions of dollars needed as start up capital, [and yes, there would be some amazing benefits that we would receive in the short term stages of development], National Security would prevent much of the true benefits from reaching us in the private sector. The only people that could underwrite this type of technology is our government and you know that debt crisis already. So, without submitting an and now, " Is Space Travel worth the effort? " Sure it is! But who would economically endorse it? Is our attempt clear and decisive, in reaching for the stars? Intergalactic space travel without the much needed weight, [a major consortium of domestic and international agencies], behind it, will woefully fail. Maybe Area 51 has a few secrets.

Thomas Thompson is Trustee and Independent Petroleum Landman, CPL #5807
The Trinity Mineral Trust. USA.

Sandeep Rao:
Yes - definitely worth the effort !

Sandeep Rao is Owner at Starting New Businesses. India.

Ben Laycock-Bordman:
In short yes.

Most answers, an common sense demonstrates, we, as human beings need to know why we are doing something. We can at this stage look at the technological and scientific developments that we can directly attribute to space travel. I am not speaking of virgins 'space travel for all' I am talking everyday technology that saves and improves lives. For example, power plate training, which came about as a way of preventing astronauts muscles becoming useless, pre and post space exploration. Well it turns out that can be used to treat the symptoms associated with age/obesity and a myriad of muscle conditions.

But that isn't enough, being a Human being is about far more than profit and loss that comes about with such creations, or even, dare I say it, about saving lives. Space travel does something far more important than create new scientific research about our planet (we can trace the earth's past and future through our solar system) it actually allows us to try and answer the questions that has haunted humanity since the agricultural revolution.

'What are the factors to our being here? '
'Are we alone?'
'What does our future hold?'

Big questions, answerable only by knowledge of space, we have come so far for so long as a species. Ancient civilisations believed the stars were Gods, thanks to exploration we know otherwise, but if they thought they were at the peak of science, then how wrong are we about the universe that remains unexplored?

We must push the boundaries, we must seek answers, because therein is our Humanity, and our enlightenment.

That is certainly worth it.

Ben Laycock-Bordman is IT Sales Executive at United Kingdom.

Klaas V:
As it comes to the effort I tend to say yes, but if it's worth the money as in ROI, I doubt it. Did any space ship ever return with enough valuables to feed hundreds of millions hungry "wolves".

Klaas V is MetaDataBaseAdministrator at Zephyros. Italy.

Peter P.:
As in past imperialist American greed &pollution (also ideas) misled same Chinese imperialistic greed & pollution of even greater proportions threatens I insist on developing better generation in world greatest market as remedy in new world order...educational reform with focus on innovative thinking &green policy in PRC is the key to save the world...! last 12 yrs I successfully forged intimate relations with many PRC gov leaders which allows me to direct input reforms....

Peter P. is president at III Individual Inspiration Institute. China.

Ian Nethercott:
The answer is yes of course. The human race needs to look at exploring the rest of our universe as soon as possible.

We need to expand, adapt and overcome.

Ian Nethercott, Sales Training / Social Media Training / Social Media ROI / Phone Training / Business Growth, Proactive Dealer Solutions. Canada.

Antje Paul - Kessel:
Hot topic!

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Dipl.Ing. Antje Paul - Kessel is CEO and Founder at iDress B.V.. The Netherlands.

Dave Maskin:
... and just like that, Lambert turns his answer into another politcial hate speach rant, which has absolutely nothing to do with your question.

Dave (The WireMan) Maskin,, Dave Maskin Entertainment, Dave Maskin Music Teacher Self Employed. USA.

Ralph de Rijke:
I was immediately struck by copywriter Susan Shwartz's comment: "The meek will inherit the earth. The rest of us are going to the stars." Punchy as this soundbite is, it perfectly encapsulates the profound problems at the heart of the whole 'space colonisation' project:

- the billions of people who want to live on this planet are disparaged as dull and unambitious;
- Earth, and all its myriad co-evolutionary life forms, are dismissed as being of only limited interest;
- the exorbitant costs, serious dangers and colossal impracticalities of space travel are utterly ignored.

Nothing could better express the vanity, hubris, and irresponsibility of those who, while humankind inexorably befouls this planet, work to launch themselves into space to start breeding the same trouble on other, impossibly distant, ersatz worlds.

Ralph de Rijke is freelance translator; musician; theatremaker. The Netherlands.

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Christophe Vermeulen:
"Worth" like in money ? If not, what would be your "effort" measuring principle ?

Christophe Vermeulen is Security Officer at Regie der Gebouwen, Belgium.

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Luigi Cappel:
It's on the way!
Luigi Cappel is CCO at Imersia, Futurist and Location Based Services Specialist. New Zealand.

Eric Warthan:
It is if there's Helium-3 out there.

Eric Warthan is Senior Network Engineer at Hill Top Information Technology. USA.

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Timothy Dolan:
Space travel can mean many things. To send Homo sapiens into orbit and to the moon, while, great as a psychic accomplishment, has certainly been costly with benefits not really clear to most people. In another sense there is robotic space travel which I would count as an extension of our consciousness as with the real-time tracking of the Mars Rover and other such missions, seems to have a less ambivalent perception for the relative practicality of machine media being a better tool for the job. This is my summary response to the question.

Timothy Dolan is Principal at E-Government Advocates. USA.

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Michael Hertel:
All avenues should be explored and I want to have a colony in space some where of at least one thousand people as soon as possible, a colony that could survive at least 5 to 10 years without help would be great.

Michael Hertel is inventor at M Hertel and sons Inc..USA.

Bruce Eberhardt:
yes, of course. it's one of the most important things we can do. at some point this planet will run out of resources, if we don't destroy it first - we're going to need a plan B

Bruce Eberhardt is Programmer. USA.

Joseph Bergantino:
Personally, I believe it is.

We draw too much from the Earth to sustain our life on it. The following quote is from Stephen Hawking:
"Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain lurking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space,"

Joseph Bergantino is Government Bid Analyst at Staples Business Advantage. USA.

Susan Shwartz:
The meek will inherit the earth. The rest of us are going to the stars.

It's worth it. It's infinitely worth it.

Susan Shwartz is Copywriter; Director in Marketing, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.. USA.

Thamir Ghaslan:
I suppose people felt the same way when the Wright brothers flew their planes!

And they felt the same way with Columbus and Magellan.

As space travel becomes cheaper and faster with incremental improvements it will be worth it.

Thamir Ghaslan, Business Developer, Saudi Arabia.

Doug Lambert:
If we do not spend the money congress will just find a way to urinate it away. NO!


I wish they would put the money into better law enforcement in Washington DC's gang of criminals congress, senate W/H. Holder must go before we lose complete control of the rule of law.

Doug Lambert, Lambert Consulting. USA.

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Robin Cook:
The fact is that NASA may well be the only government program in history that has paid for itself hundreds of times over in the spinoffs that have come out of it. & throughout its history, it has consistently failed to publicize that fact.

I would venture to say that none of us can go more than 10 minutes in a day without coming into contact with or using something that can be traced directly back to the space program. So no matter what you think of basic research/the accumulation of knowledge, space exploration is worth the effort & the expense. & as is always the fact with basic research, we never know in advance what the payoff will be.

Robin Cook, Cutting Edge Organizational Development Practitioner / Thought Leader / Expert on "Cultures of Innovation". USA.

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Anthony Hall:
The voyage to the Americas was launched by dreams unfettered.

Seems that fear's work is not complete until our minds or our feet are in chains.


Space Tourism will make Space Travel well worth the effort.

For $200K you can get a seat on Branson's Virgin Galactic.

But a little birdie told me that you might be able to get a bargain to Mars out of Curacao for $35K.

Bottom-line, the price is going to hit rock-bottom so that one day [bet on Sooner] you and i can sit our plump bottoms on an Moon Shuttle Tour to see Earth Rising.

TREO has already launched its takeover bid of an industry many have lost sight of as Nation's concentrate on Terror and terra-forming; and Education re-forming.

Its a STEM Universe and the future is bright.

Mentors, Educators, Teachers and Technologists.
The Rose of Education Organization, Inc.


TREO: Private space research to develop commercial products which can be

The pay-off is our pay-load in Space.

In 2060, the space program centennial parties will begin and TREO will be
hosting on an orbiting station(s).

Anthony Hall, Autistic - Strategic Alliances, Partnerships, Compliance and Storage Professional - STEM Game Developer - Teacher. USA.

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Trine Moore:
good question,
as to rare, it certainly is, a heavy burden at huge cost, for us all and the selfsame tired arguments work in well worn paths, as Virgin galactic for is The Barking mad. better exported to space, the ultra rich thrill, with status, climbing mountains not good enough, we know little relatively about their planet, especially about keep safe, here at home

Have thrill seekers with nothing better to do than export colonialism to space.

Theres the arguments put forward, thick and fast, in favour... Such commercial flights advance the collective knowledge, as indeed they do for nasa etc. But the point, the point is the common ground here, is not shaping up, too well. Apparently.

Weve not shopped enough on earth yet, to comprehend the homeland nor to discover how to secure civilisation here. Without exhibiting uncivility as defence, at expense, and conflict, as wars. The major part of space exploration military funded. Funded by militias who claim to be playing keep safe, By wars.

We need to reexamine primary assumptions, prime ministers presidents and administrations and all, need to reexamine primary assumptions about keeping peace, are 'working' but not all so well, with pax romana, thats not romantic its bloody messy and foul, Atrophied. like the thinking it thinking backwards ie regressive.

Time to rexamine basic assumptions, especially when civilisations not civil, and guerrulousness and war within itself, claims to be peace, then in no fit state is the norm. M.A.D. ideas of defense.

Time to realise, the space case is for space cases. Theres far better cases and much better just causes, for sorting the human dilemmas out on linked and elsewhere, Theres plenty to sort at home as first priority and as a matter of urgency too. Without MAD extensions from the ultras.

Trine Moore is Change Majician at MoneyforFutures Initiatives. UK.

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Michael Hertel
Perhaps it is nearly impossible to say until we visit the astiroid belt. Note, some could be rare or heavy metals nearly solid.

Michael Hertel is inventor at M Hertel and sons Inc..USA.

Lawrence R. Gelber:
All travel is space travel.

Lawrence R. Gelber, Attorney at Law, General Counsel at I Declare World Peace, Inc.. USA.

Ken Mason:
Yes it is. I have long thought so and Elon Musk not only thinks so, but has the vision and talent to make it happen.

Ken Mason is Transformational Finance Leader.USA.

Safia Syed:
I have not see the full planet earth. I have maximum 100 years to live. first 20 years of your life you are under parental supervision. from 21 to 30 you do not have enough money. By age 30 you are already married and support the family. By age 50 you are so busy with your work that plan ahead your vacation. And you hardly visit a country or two and important tourist man made stuff and do not even reach the place where there is no infra structure. And actually those untouched natural beauty is breath taking.
I want to go to K2 so badly but I will never get 3 month off for the whole expedition.
By the time I will retire, my stamina will not allow me to even reach the base camp.
So what exactly I will do on the moon surface in the space suite and jumping up and down due to 6 time less gravity.

Safia Syed is Regional Controller Finance at Aditya Birla Minacs. Canada.

Brijendra Chaudhary:
Yes what if Alien invades us, we need a second planet to relocate

Brijendra Chaudhary is Human Resource Associate at Dodsal E & C Pte Ltd. |United Arab Emirates.

Mike Mongo:
First I would rephrase the question. "Is space travel worth the effort?" could be considered analogous to "Is going to America worth the effort?" or "Is circumnavigating the globe worth the effort?" or especially "Is going to the moon worth the effort?"

For the record, going to the moon was most definitely worth the effort. Doing so united us. All people took pride in that achievement. And perhaps even more importantly, it inspired children to dream big. My experience is that inspiring children to dream big is good for us all.

The resulting tech and jobs created by space travel industry are important too. Furthermore, we will increase the wealth available to us as a planet by locating and incorporating extra-planetary resources and materials. It is understood that an asteroid 1-mile round will have over $20 TRILLION dollars in ore and unrefined materials. That is from one single relatively small asteroid! (See link.)

Truly in a sense on earth we live in a fish tank or terrarium. Our resources are limited to what is "in the bowl". By expanding our environment to include near-earth space and beyond, we expand our available resources. This enables better lives for more people.

Lastly, I would argue that it is humankind's destiny to go to the stars. It is in our nature to go where we can see. Looking to the stars for tens of thousands of years all humans have wondered, "What is up there? What is out there? What's it like?" It is one of the benefits of consciousness, to be able to wonder. As conscious beings it is matter-of-factly being true to our nature for us to pursue space travel and to go and find out what is out there beyond earth. In the same way when we explore the earth and see across any chasm or waterway, or are able to spy an unexplored island or land mass, we must go and see. The same is true of space. It is before us and we must go and see!


Mike Mongo is astronaut teacher & author at HUMANNAIRES!. USA.

Angie K-Hude:
Isn't Pipeline safety more beneficial???
I think so..

Angie KK-Hude is Co-Owner & GIS Consultant at Hude GIS Solutions LLC. USA.

Wallace Jackson:
Very Much So!

Wallace Jackson, New Media Producer, i3D Programming, Acrobat i3D, Android Apps Design, Virtual World Design, GoogleTV, i3D eBooks, UI/UX. USA.

William T. Cooper:
Absolutely! Many new innovations occur during these efforts.

William T. Cooper, Facebook Marketing with 1,500,000 Fans at ChristiaNet, Inc.. USA.

Lee Schlesinger:
Yes. Discovery and exploration are not cheap. The broader question is should we take risks?

Lee Schlesinger Crystal Reports Writer at Able Health Care Services. USA.

Rod Bell:
Evidently, space travel is worth the effort. Not only have numerous governments spent a lot of money on the efforts, but private companies are now vying for contracts. Of course, some of the customers for private companies will be governments--which always raises the question of what a real market would do--but I think other private ventures, like satellite makers and users, are lining up to pay for space travel.

I'll just add that "worth the effort" means, in this context, that there's a market and the buyers (demand) can afford it (supply).

Rod Bell is Principal at Bell Project Management, Adjunct Professor at College of DuPage, Vice President Change Management at WebScheduler. USA.

Bernard Gore:
Yes. Not only are there the many items and technologies Dave Maskin lists, there are many more - Dave's list is only a sample.

The race with the Soviets was actually a good thing - it provided a non-war area to compete and seek to demonstrate that our ideology was superior, and is one of the reasons we avoided a "mutually assured destruction" conflict with them. And the fact we won the race, and then started to cooperate in space with them, lead to the end of the cold war.

The science aspects have been incredible - we understand far more about our own world by having been able to study others - and the knowledge we have gained is a major contributor to our understanding of the greatest challenge the human race has ever faced - climate change - and also gives us much better chance of limiting this and putting in place 'survival' approaches, if only the politicians had the vision of those in the 60s era to do so!

And finally, space travel satisfies the deep-seated human need to explore - if we didn't have this, we likely wouldn't have made it to the position of dominant species, and certainly wouldn't resemble the species we now are. We have to explore and expand - we simply are not capable of resisting this urge - and if we didn't have space to do this in, at least by proxy (as most of us will never reach space ourselves) then we'd face more conflict and probably species-wide psychosis.

Bernard Gore is Manager Project Services at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. New Zealand.

Dave Maskin:
What products have been created by NASA and space exploration?

360 Degree Camera
3-D Synthetic Vision Flight Displays
Advanced Hydrogen Sensors
Advanced Lubricants
Advanced Welding Torch
Aerodynamic Bicycle Wheels
Air Catalysts for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Aircraft Collision Avoidance
Aircraft Design Analysis
Airline Wheelchairs
Airliner TV Transmission Via Satellite
AiroCide TiO2 Air Purifier
Anthrax Smoke Detector
Arteriosclerosis Detection
Artificial Heart
Astronaut Plant Bag
Athletic Shoes
Audiometric System for Hearing Assessment
Automated Urinalysis
Automatic Insulin Pump
Automotive Design
Automotive Insulation
BAFCO Linear Actuators
Balance Evaluation System
Biomass Production System for Education
Bioreactor Demonstration System
Bioreactor Human Tissue Growth
Bone Analyzer
Breast Biopsy
Breast Cancer Screening
Bridge Safety Improvements
Cabin Pressure Altitude Monitor and Warning System
Camera on a Chip
Cardiac Pacemaker
Cataract Surgery Tools
Chemical Warfare Hood
Chromosome Analysis
Clean Room Apparel
Clean Water for Homes
Coastal Zone Color Scanner
Compact Blood Diagnostic Equipment
Compact Fire and Rescue Extraction Devices
Composite Forceps
Composite Materials Development – Golf Clubs
Computer Joysticks
Computer-Aided Tomography (CAT Scanner)
Computer Reader for the Blind
Convection Oven
Cool Vest Therapeutic Suits
Cordless Power Tools and Appliances
Corporate Jet Wing Designs
Corrosion Protection Coating
Crop Dusting Improvements
Crop Growing Improvements
DeBakey Heart Pump
Dental Arch Wire
Digital Mammography
Diving Optical Profiler
DMI Remote Sensing Fish-Finding Service
Doppler Radar
Ear Thermometer
Edible Toothpaste
Electric Car
Emission Testing
Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron Remediation
Energy Storage Systems
Engine Coatings
Engine Design
Engine Lubricant
Failsafe Flashlight
Fetal Heart Monitor
Fire Detection Systems
Firefighter Breathing System
Firefighter Radios
Firefighting Equipment
Fireman’s Air Tanks
Fitness Equipment
Flame Detector
Foam-In-Place Seating Technology
Freeze Drying Technologies
Gas Detector
Gasoline Vapor Recovery
Geosynchronous Orbiting
Golf Ball Aerodynamics
GPS Navigation
Helmet Padding
High Temperature Soldering Blocks
High-Pressure Waterstripping
Historical Document Condition Analysis
Home Insulation
Human Tissue Stimulator
Implantable Heart Aid
Improved Aircraft Engines
Inertial Motion-Tracking for Virtual Reality
Infrared Camera
Infrared Thermometer
Insulin Pumps
Interactive Computer Training
InTime Agricultural Remote Sensing
Invisible Braces
Kidney Dialysis
Land Mine Removal Device
Laser Angioplasty
Laser Heart Surgery
Laser Wire Stripper
Lead Poison Detection
Lifeshears – Emergency Rescue Cutters
Lightning Protection
Low Vision Enhancement System (LVES)
Lubricant Coating Process
Machine Tool Software
Magnetic Bearing System
Magnetic Liquids
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Medical Gas Analyzer
Methane-Powered Vehicles
Microelectromechanical Systems
Miniature Accelerometers
Modified Carbon Nanotube Materials
Ocean Fluorometer
Ocular Screening
Oil Spill Control
PackBot Tactical Mobile Robot
Palate Surgery Technology
Personal Storm Warning System
Pesticide-Free Mosquito Killing System
Phenotype MicroArray
Photodynamic Therapy
Physical Therapy
Pill Sized Transmitter
Plantronics Wireless Communications Devices
Portable X-Ray Device
Precision Lightning Strike Location System
Programmable Pacemaker
PRO-SAN Non-Toxic Microbicidal Santizer
Prosthesis Material
Protective Clothing
PureSense Water and Air Purification Systems
Quartz Clock
Radiant Barrier Technology
Radiation Hazard Detector
Real-Time Emergency Action Coordination Tool
Remote Controlled Light Switch
Remote Command and Control Appliances
Ribbed Swimsuit
Robotic Arms
Robotic Hands
Satellite Computer Data Transmission
Satellite Computer Image Transmission
Satellite Crop Growth & Monitoring
Satellite Fishing Technology
Satellite Stabilization
Satellite Telephone Signal Transmission
Satellite TV Transmission
School Bus Improvements
Secure Mobile Router System
Self-Locking Fasteners
Self-Righting Life Raft
Ski Boots
Skin Care Product Effectiveness Technology
Smoke Detector Improvements
Smoke Penetrating Forest Fire Analysis
Solar Power Technologies
Solid State High-Power Transmitters
Space Pens
SpiraFlex Resistance Exercise Device
Stadium Roofing Fabric
Standing Wave Reflectometer Wire Analyzer
Studless Winter Tires
Sunglasses Blocking Harmful Rays
Surgical Brain Tumor Probe
Temper Foam Technology
Temperature Pill
Thermal Gloves and Boots
Thermal Protection Insulation
Three-dimensional Thermal Tomography in Radiation Oncology
Tire Deflating Devices – MagnumSpike
Tollbooth Air Purification
Ultrasound Scanners
Ultrasound Skin Damage Assesment
VEGGIE – Deployable Vegetable System
Vehicle Brake Improvements
Vehicle Tracking
Video Stabilization
Virtual Reality
Vision Screening System
Voice Controlled Wheelchair
Warfighter Accelerated Recovery
Waste Heat Energy Conversion
Waste Water Purification
Water Purification
Weight Saving Composite Materials
Welding Sensor System
Whale Tracking Technologies
Windshear Prediction
WindTracer for Tracking Aircraft Wake Vortices
Wireless Communications

With this list and many other things that have resulted from our space exploration, how can anyone say that it's not worth it?

Dave (The WireMan) Maskin,, Dave Maskin Entertainment, Dave Maskin Music Teacher Self Employed. USA.

KC Khoo:
Yes, its worth Space X effort

KC Khoo is Assistant Product Manager, Art of War, international online community for Strategic Thinking, Perfect Food Manufacturing. Malaysia.

Chris Barton:
I'm not convinced that it's worth not only the effort but the money. I completely understand the need for man's uncontainable curiosity with exploration as well as the significant by-products which we all benefit from as a result of NASA's amazing work on space exploration.

However I still can't see the benefit in real terms, also we have yet to fully explore our own planet let alone outside of it. So maybe we should complete the priorities on Earth before we look at starting new ones elsewhere.

Chris Barton, Leadership Development - Management Coaching - Change Management - Team Building Specialist. United Kingdom.

Liz Scott:
When the Challenger launch failed I told a friend, "Now I realize I won't get to go to space." I still believe this is true for everyday folks like me. As a long-time science fiction fan I had always assumed that some day *I* might be able to choose to take a trip to a location outside the atmosphere of the Earth we know, but at that moment I recognized that it was much less likely than it had been.

The question for any endeavor, I believe, is "Why are we doing this?" If space travel has a purpose, then that purpose may well be worth the effort. History seems to suggest that the United States got involved in space travel as a way of competing with the U.S.S.R after World War II, to see who could get to space first. This was not the reason I thought we were going to space at the time, but I was very young then.

Liz Scott is Computer Applications Consultant and Teacher at Liz Scott Enterprises; Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University , Manager at Glass industry resource. USA.

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