My dear good man, you fail to understand the heart of us geeks and scientists. There is always more to learn. And while you believe space exploration has produced nothing but lunar dust, the facts speak otherwise:
The NASA Space Program has so far produced some 30,000 technological spin-offs.
Since the early 1970s NASA has had Biomedical Application Teams at each of the NASA Research Centers, whose purpose is to facilitate the transfer of Space Program technology to the medical industry. This reduced the cost of medical technological research, and development, for the companies. Health care costs, passed on to the patients, would have been higher then they are now without these developments.
Technology Application Teams
Technology Application Teams have promoted the transfer of NASA technology to many industries. Many areas of concern to mankind have benefited from technological advancements in space. Many researchers might have been satisfied with the status quo, if new unexpected ideas hadn't become available from the Space Program. The electronics industry would have been satisfied with their vacuum tubes.
Here is a lost of some of the technology spin-offs
NEBULA has some good points, the lists of which are informative. However, my main point is that the door of history seems to have closed on the era of space exploration. The benefit we have derived from all that sacrifice and expenditure of resources is questionable."The genius of Man in our time has gone into jet-propulsion, atom-splitting, penicillin-curing, etc. There is none over for works of imagination; of spiritual insight or mystical enlightenment. I asked for bread and was given a tranquilizer. It is important to recognize that in our time man has not written one word, thought one thought, put two notes or two bricks together, splashed color on to canvas or concrete into space, in a manner which will be of any conceivable imaginative interest to posterity. We have educated ourselves into imbecility."
- Malcom Muggeridge
One hundred years from now will it really matter if our culture developed the Tom Tom, a device that occasionally misdirects one's destination? In the twenty second century and beyond people will still have to ask one another for directions - provided we haven't used our space technology to wipe the earth's surface clean of life.
Granted that there may have been some limited benefits, but my point again is that the era has ended
Do I fail to understand the hearts of geeks and scientists? I understand more than you know - and in my time I confess to a bit of pride. Read on....
I live in central Florida and can remember times when the double sonic boom of a returning shuttle rattled the windows of our home and made the dogs bark. And I remember the day when Columbia was supposed to return and we heard nothing. We knew something was wrong before we were told. I've been in my own front yard many times and watched all our neighbors run out into the street participating in the unequaled privilege of watching with unaided eyes as the space shuttle blasted our daring astronauts beyond the sky. We've journeyed to the east coast beaches and watched shuttle launches up close and personal. We've been to Cape Kennedy so many times I could give you a personal tour all by myself. To this day we can see unmanned rockets reach for the stars without the aid of television (THE ONLY way to watch a launch I can tell you).
But these days the eyes of man are on the ground and in the dirt. We no longer look outwardly for some great noble discovery in the heavens and we no longer look within for spiritual grace guidance salvation and purpose. We have become coppertops(1). Our only empty purpose is to service the masters of commerce and war.
It's debateable whether health care costs have indeed been lowered by discoveries related to space technology. Of what use are advanced bio-medical tools and treatment when a patient cannot afford it or acquire transport to a location where it's available?(2) The same failing economy that cannot support adventures in space has also failed to provide adequate health care for millions - not to mention a satisfying vocation that pays wages a man can live on.
Have advancements in electronics really been a blessing to our culture? Our children are obsessed with video games, texting and all the distractions of computerization. Our favorite toy is the TIVO cable DVR. Education itself has sunk below levels common two hundred years ago. The church, now a whore of science and technology, has plunged itself into the sewage of heresy.
The government and the military are the greatest benefactors. New more efficient ways of killing our fellow man have been developed and our government now has the power to eavesdrop on every single aspect of a man's life. No tyrant in history has ever had such power at his disposal. The lesson we learned once long ago has been forgotten....Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.
Our efforts to transcend the limits of earth and sky have yielded nothing of permanence or importance. Having no noble purpose within ourselves we've discovered none among the stars. Instead we find ourselves crawling in the dust, on the ragged edge of a culture which has drenched itself in sin and debauchery. It's end is imminent and my original question still stands.
At what point may we expect God to step in and end the charade? Surely even His legendary patience must be growing thin.
but that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...
(1)Term from the motion picture 'THE MATRIX'. It described human beings as a source of bio-chemical electricity to sustain cybernetic industry.
(2) My wife owns and operates a medical walk in clinic in Tarpon Springs, Fl. She regularly provides health card at costs below that charged by hospitals. A recent case in point - a man had a medical problem that she could diagnose treat and cure for $200. A few years before the fellow was treated at a local hospital for the same ailment and paid more than two thousand dollars. The man is a lawyer and gave us a long dissertation on the cheating that goes on (as well as an appreciative gift basket a few days later).
Edited by rjp34652, 02 February 2013 - 11:30 AM.