here's a list of missions currently in operation. Take a few minutes to look through them if you like. Private industry has no interest in undertaking that degree of scientific exploration anytime soon. To see that sort of "problem" arise is something I'd love though, to be honest. NASA programs like COTS and CCDev are beneficial for the agency and everyone else.
And btw military budget is spent for the largest part in buying weapon such as carriers, airplanes etc. Intested of building a new carrier you can build a space-carrier.
Also private space travel aren't something to rely on, unless there is a profit no one is gonna putting money into it, and as thing are right now even in the event that something valuable is found in space or another planet no one is authorized to make business out of it.
Last edited by bufferunderrun; 2013-01-20 at 10:51 AM.
Who cares about using money to solve our problems here?
We gotta go to the big grey rock in the sky!
Anyhow, NASA is extremely underfounded, as is most space agencies these days.
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People keep saying "space can wait until x problem is fix"
If we wait until all the problems are fixed, then we're never going to space.