posted on May, 2 2012 @ 11:11 AM
There are several reasons why the human race has seemingly spent more time examining our local space scientifically, than it has our deepest oceans.
First, is a simple matter of mechanical capability. It is in fact, easier to build a scientific instrument for use in a vacum, than it is to build one
that will be compressed on all sides by tonne after tonne of water. It is also easier to build a hull plate capable of containing an atmosphere, than
to keep thousands of times the weight of an atmosphere from crumpling a hull, killing the occupants, or ruining the equipment or both.
Second, space is largely unclaimed territory. I very much doubt that despite the flag placed there during the manned missions which landed there,
that the moon is in fact a part of the USA, and any claim that was ever placed upon it by businessmen or nations for any reason is likely void, purely
on the basis that such claims are idiocy placed upon a bed of foolishness. To explore space, a nation or organisation need only throw a rocket full of
expensive gear, and/or people out into orbit, and have them go off and do thier thing. There are very few international boundary issues where space
exploration is concerned, because no territory up there is owned. Fewer permissions are thererfore required for a detailed study of the solar system,
than would be required for a detailed study of the whole North Atlantic.
The oceans are not just home to amazing wildlife, but also some of the most devastating weapons systems yet devised by mankinds darkest geniuses.
Submarines that can remain underwater for nine months and more, before popping up and unloading terrifying arsenals of nuclear weapons, and capable of
deploying torpedos that have heat and sound signature tracking capacity , for instance. They are also home to destroyer class ships from various
countries, capable of placing mines, depth charging (in extremis), firing massive calibre shells, and having miniguns and thousands of armed men
aboard. They are also some of the most hotly contested territories in military history. This makes them a very difficult realm to navigate, as well
as having natural dangers that outwiegh those presented by outerspace.
The last reason I would like to bring your attention to, is one that harks back to mankinds first steps as a self aware, intelligent creature. When
mankind began, it is said that he originated in or near the Africas. Africa is a huge continent, and on it, an ancient version man could walk ten
miles a day nearly every day, and if he chose one path over another, never even come to a sea shore. But mankind has known the stars for an awful lot
longer than he has known the sea. Real exploration of the sea only began very late in mankinds evolution, but his fascination with the sky at night is
many thousands of years more ancient. It is only natural therefore that we have seen fit to go harder and further toward space, than the bottom of the
ocean. We have been waiting an awful lot longer for space, than we have the murksome , crushing depth of the sea.