I just breifly heard the end of a programme on BBC Radio 4 (Straw Poll) discussing wether 'mans exploration of space was a complete waste of time and money'. I listened only in time to here the results of the audience vote, which came in at 52% saying that yes, it was a waste of time and money.
I was suprised and sadened to here that so many thought this. I view space exploration as man's next level of evolution as a civilisation, mans next 'tech level'. To simply give it up and discard it because it brings few immediate benefits (although it has been demonstrated that there are far more immediate benefits than the public realises) shows a lack of fore-sight and, without souding too tacky, human spirit.
Now the vote has gone to the phoning public. We'll see what happens [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]
PS I did only catch the last minutes of the programme, so I may have misunderstood the whole thing. Apologies in advance. But an interesting topic none-the-less.