If humans applied all of this money and interest in space towards solving problems on Earth then we wouldn't have to see news stories about famine affecting hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan.
I would rather solve real issues affecting real people on Earth while you would rather spend that time and money staring at the sky and wondering how many legs and alien species might have, yet i'm the one with a cold heart? Please.
Sooooo I'm confused, do you not think the study of space improves life here on Earth? Satellites are one the greatest feats of astronomy, and are integral in our abilities to survive and communicate. You don't want to hear about people starving in South Sudan? You wouldn't even be getting those news stories without satellites and remote imagery to bring them to you. Want to keep track of a hurricane about to destroy an entire coast line and evacuate people? Needs a satellite. Want to make a phone call to make sure your family is ok after a disaster? Needs a satellite. Want to see the best locations for growing crops to save hundreds of thousands of people? Satellites. It's genuinely unbelievable to me that you don't see how the study of space has saved and improved millions and millions of lives .
The point of trying to find a habitable planet is not to improve our lives right now, its to improve the lives of future generations. I'm well aware I will never set foot on Mars, but if my tax money right now can secure a safe new home for generations to come, why wouldn't I give the .5 penny that I pay out of every paycheck to NASA and let them explore. Studying these other planets is helpful, we can see the impact of a runaway green house effect (Venus) and see the damage that a weak magnetic field can cause (Mars). Without knowing these things, we'd be in the dark in terms of the fate of our own planet. We'd have no idea our Sun was destined to grow and consume Earth without first having studied similar events across the Galaxy. New ways to power Earth could be hidden in the cosmos, or answers to questions of our own existence. Therefore, I don't think its fair to say that studying space is a burden that does not impact daily life on Earth.
I'll just say that satellites are one thing, sending a probe to Mars is another, and developing telescopes powerful enough to photograph another galaxy with incredible detail is another again.
It's genuinely unbelievable to me that you don't see how the study of space has saved and improved millions and millions of lives
There is a difference between studying space in order to help people and studying it for the sake of it.
Name one person on Earth whose life has been saved by sending a probe to Mars, or landing a probe on a comet? I can show you millions who were inconvenienced by the decision to spend money on those endeavors and many others like them.
You are making the argument that we should spend money on space travel and study because it will benefit future generations, but this is faulty logic in my opinion.
This approach condemns potentially hundreds of thousands of people to poverty and death over theoretical science which may or may not come to fruition.
Let's spend hundreds of thousands of dollars finding a habitable planet when we don't even have the technology to send humans to another solar system yet.
But really the entire point that you are putting forward is based on the idea that humans will and should continue to live and flourish if we just study hard enough.
My view is one which you are going to think is crazy and no amount of reasoning will bring you to believe it. Humans should, out of ethical considerations, spend all money available on housing and feeding people who are currently alive for as long as Earth manages to last for. Whether it gets hit by a meteor, a nuclear war wipes us all out, or climate change has its way with all of us, that should be the end of it .
When we go, we all go.
There's no point in prolonging the inevitable death of our species by bouncing from planet to planet and condemning more people to suffer and die for untold numbers of generations when we can give people alive right now lives worth living here on Earth.
It is easy to condemn people living in poverty when you aren't the one living in poverty. It's easy to say, "It's for the future generations" and act like you are the one being generous, but really you are just making people poorer than you be generous on your behalf.
Don't get me wrong though, if I was as optimistic about the future as you are then I would agree, but I'm not, so I don't.
This is one of the few topics regarding science and the application of science where what we view as truth is predicated on our opinion, rather than the other way around.