Everyone knows that space exploration costs money. With all the climate problems we have on Earth, many ask if space exploration is still a practical endeavor.
For at least half a century, space exploration has contributed a lot in scientific and technological advancements in the field of energy, mining, ecology, and healthcare. Here are some of the benefits our planet has harnessed from space exploration:
• Various raw materials from asteroids
• Imaging technology for CAT scans and CT scans
• Purification of water
• Chromosome analysis through tiny cameras mounted on microscopes
• LED (light emitting diodes) for energy efficient lighting
It is true that we all get these benefits and more from space exploration. For 2019, the US government has set aside a budget of 21.9 Billion USD for space explorations. For environmental groups, the budget is just 2 Billion USD. Climate efforts such as the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and the GRF (Green Climate Fund) are not getting a percentage of that money.
Placing a large percentage of the budget on space exploration is purely unethical when it is mandatory to do whatever we can to help improve our climate to save our planet.