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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by AussieDingus
You make good points and in a perfect world, sure...all those inventions would have come about at some point without the colossal efforts of war or Space exploration. Let's drop war out of it, as you say, this isn't the place at all.
In a realistic world, I don't think the inventions come at near the rate or quality for their own sake. It requires the enormous efforts so far beyond the level of those 'small' things invented along the way to fill needs, IMO.
If someone had set out solely to invent a product like velcro, I'm sure it would have been different if invented at all. Surely, more commercial somehow. As it was though, they needed a sticky surface that wasn't sticky. Small problem with a huge gap to solve and society is changed forever because of a "little" problem to their thinking.
Again, if NASA was a drain of hundreds of billions for what we get back from it, I'd feel a little burned on the money too. As it is though, 18 Billion is what I believe I saw for 2013. That's nothing in federal terms and while budgets run a few trillion a year. I'd say the 18 billion is just about paid for in JUST the spin off tech that isn't charged at full patent rates and marketed as some miracle invention of a private Corp. All that, AND it keeps workers at the NASA facilities...not to mention, literally, entire sub-industries employed just to support them.
What was the last Government agency you could honestly say (outside of the Pentagon) caused more people to be employed outside the agency than work IN it? Not too bad a deal, since we're spending on a little of everything anyway these days.
Originally posted by badgerprints
reply to post by boncho
After all of your points it still comes down to my original point.
It's a publicity stunt.
Originally posted by DarkKnight21
reply to post by Just Chris
8 million isn't really a whole lot relative to the entire population of 7 billion, 1/3 of which have internet access according to this source.
I'll let you do the math
Originally posted by Just Chris
...the majority of users that have access to the Internet were probably unaware the event was taking place, perhaps due to lack of media exposure in their area.
Originally posted by rickymouse
reply to post by DarkKnight21
I hate to burst your bubble but sixty years ago, half the people didn't care about space exploration either. You can't sell an expensive unnecessary program to people so easily.