Spaced Out: NASA ‘Finds’ 1,284 New Planets? And We Should Care Because …?


With an unending number of life-saving and life-style problems (not to mention war-caused ones) yet to be solved on this planet, assorted governments are unconscionably spending incredible sums of taxpayer (and looted) dollar/dollar equivalents on space exploration.

Regardless of how young you are, it is highly unlikely that your grandchildren, or even your great-grandchildren, will somehow – in any way – see a result from all this effort that may, just may, prove to be a benefit either to the survival of the human race and its environment or to solve the question ‘where did we, all of this, come from’.

Think of it this way: Say you’re a 25-year-old parent; your child becomes a 25-year-old parent, who becomes a 25-year-old parent. That first grandchild of his or hers first-born would arrive in the year 2066 – a mere fifty years from now.

NASA things we should have great hopes for those of that age.

I think they’re nuts!

Some are excited that NASA has ‘found and verified’ the existence of 1,284 new planets. I cannot comprehend what they means – given that the nearest of then is way beyond the pack-a-lunch range. Way beyond, in fact, any distance man could travel in a lifetime, as we know it.

NASA speculates there may be another ‘world’ among that mass of objects; A world that may be somewhat like our own. (There are increasing reasons why that fate should not be wished on anyone, anywhere!)

And we should be spending hundreds of millions – or more – to ‘prove’ that’s so, and then plan to spend even more trying to determine if, as popular songs have asked, “is there life out there”. . . why?

I considerable myself to be fairly liberal. But I’m a bend-over-backwards conservative when it comes to wasting tax payers dollars on space exploration.

Look up. Enjoy the view of the stars – and perhaps a planet or comet or two – and consider it to be, as it is, an un-understandable feature of the universe you live in.

Then go back to imaging how you, as an individual, might contribute, or add to, the richness of this world.

This is a world wracked with problems – with starving people, with failed or failing economies, with diseases that could, with enough funding behind them, be stopped, or cured.

Still, millions are spent on super telescopes and other means of exploring that vast void beyond us; Millions that might better be spent, in whole or part, on dealing with earth-based issues.

Might be, and should be!



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