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What Do We Know about Space

Updated on March 3, 2013

Double the Expense

Collecting Asteroid Debris
Collecting Asteroid Debris


When you think about it, we know nothing about space, except what national space agencies tell us.

Apart from the International Space Station, that only circles the Earth, all the national space agencies seem to do their own thing. Why is this?

The other year the Japanese sent a probe to collect debris from an asteroid, now NASA wants to do it. Do these agencies not share information? How different will the NASA samples be from the Japanese ones? Is it really worth the billions of dollars to find out?

OK, they have all messed around and tested different space craft around the Moon and Mars but now we are getting to the real space, shouldn’t we be doing this as humanity, not as nations?

Each country has its experts in different fields; surely the merging of the knowledge would be a good thing. Then the cost, it must be cheaper to send one mission to find the answers, than repetitive ones by different nations.

Why is it that these agencies can’t be combined into one, under the United Nations flag in order to further knowledge for all mankind?

There is no reason; unless there is something we are not being told.

Paying for What?

Money in Space
Money in Space
Prelude to Star Wars?
Prelude to Star Wars?


Last week the Department of Defense offered $1/2 million to any one who could come up with a way to get a man to the next Star. Yes, the Department of Defense not NASA.

Now I can understand any defense department, wanting to keep up with current technology but why, suddenly all the rush? Why defense in space? According to the space agencies, all that is out there are Gas Giants full of methane and ice, its not as if they were made of Gold or Oil or are they?

To me, it seems like there is something they are not telling us and that something, when found would be worth defending. That is why they are doing separate missions; each one trying to get a monopoly on whatever it is they know is out there.

Is it possible that they know of an alien existence and are trying to be first in getting their attention and thereby gaining their knowledge? Again, wouldn’t this be better served if we did it as a race rather than a nation?

I am not suggesting that they are not telling us the truth but I am suggesting that they are not telling us at least half that they know.

OK, even if I accept that they should be spending billions on space exploration. I would not be happy to find out, that in reality a lot of that money had not been spent on exploration, but on a prelude to Star Wars.

On Earth when scientists, Governments or military do their own thing, at least we have investigative reporters or other means to try to get to the truth. In space, all we have is their word.

If we are continued to be asked to sign blank checks on some ones “word” alone, then let it be the “word” of a United Nations of one race with one cause and not that of leaders of individual countries, that may have different agendas than the betterment of mankind as a race.

The Defense Department should give the $1/2 million to the United Nations, to start to set up a Global Space Industry.


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      Deejay 3 years ago

      That's a brilliant answer to an inrinestetg question

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      DOD funding disappears. If it were really a national priority you wouldn't have even heard of it and it would have been funded under DARPA. In all proability is is just a slush fund for more overseas operations. God forbid, there be any monies spend on the American People!!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The United Nations? That's the last place I would place any trust! The UN has proved to be the enemy of the US, so no thank you.

      We know a tremendous amount about space, and much of it was gleaned from our own space exploration. If ever a government project was worth the price, it was space exploration. Now it's time to turn it over to private industry.

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      No argument with anything you have said. I don't remember the last time we were told the truth about anything. Up useful and awesome.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Rafken, I think you may be onto something here. No government has been forthright in their knowledge of space and specially not on extraterrestrials. They let it out in dribs and drabs and then deny anything of importance. Keep up the vigilence, Peter