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Space Fission Power Post #1: We Need to Explore and Expand our Presence in Space.

29 May 2012, 07:54 UTC
Space Fission Power Post #1: We Need to Explore and Expand our Presence in Space.
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Our inherent desire to question and explore is at the root of being human. This statement in itself, if you adhere to it, should be enough to justify a significant expenditure of societal resources on space exploration. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. It is also human nature to have compassion for those in need, creating a constant struggle within individuals and society regarding the allocation of finite resources. One must not only weigh the value of helping unfortunate individuals against helping society as a whole, but also the value of people alive today against people in generations come. The comparison becomes more complex upon realization that an investment that increases the long-term viability of humanity means that the number of individuals helped could be countless, and the value of that investment priceless. In this regard, the benefits of space exploration go far beyond our inherent curiosity—perhaps to the outright survival of the human race. Some of the benefits of space exploration are summarized below as they relate to four themes: curiosity and inspiration, science and technology, philosophy and enlightenment, and viability and preservation. The categorizing of the benefits, and to a larger extent what constitutes a benefit, is of ...

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