Ian Keldon wrote:
The americas have nothing we need if we just get our own house in order. It will still be there when that is accomplished and we have the luxury of wasting money on "we'd like to" stuff instead of "we have to" stuff.
Imagine where the world would be if this were the majority opinion in europe for the last 600 years.
In the case of space, it literally IS true that there is nothing there we need that we cannot produce or find more cheaply here on Earth. Wild-eyed technophiles always talk about all that there is in space that we can "bring back" to benefit man, because:
1) Nothing we have brought back has served to materially benefit man that justifies the 100s of billions wasted on the bringing.
2) the cost of bringing it back will always be greater than the value gained.