So, you think the Mars missions are a waste of money?

I’m hearing a lot of comments from people about how the Curiosity mission to Mars was a “waste of money”. They also claim that because of the space program a lot of money that could be used to benefit our lives is “wasted”. Honestly, I hear a lot of complaining about how the whole space program, NASA, the JPL, and even new private companies like Virgin Galactic are a waste of money. The people who say these things don’t realize that most of the benefits from the space program don’t come from space but come from our own planet. When the space program was just beginning and it’s founders were asking Congress for money, Congress told them that they would give the space program money as long as the technology developed to put men into space also benefits the people on Earth. Every list has computers and the internet (neither of which was invented by the space program but many of their advances did come from the space program) so I won’t include these two. Here is a list of technologies that I’m willing to bet every naysayer has used the majority of. Continue reading