Now you could follow this with a ‘So?’ as well, but do you really want to HAVE to take your chances on the earth, forever? And by you I mean you or the generations following you. Many of the disastrous events I wrote of in Sanacion: The Black Hole Mission leave me scared when I hear of things going on now! Solar Storms and portals at the poles letting Gamma Rays sneak past the O3, the Ozone suffering from all the storms of late, nearly half of our oxygen comes from photosynthesis in the oceans but thanks to Anthropogenic CO2 (changes caused by humans) the oceans are having a larger percentage of CO2 disolve in the ocean which then becomes and acid. This in turn affects the sea life which then in turn affects the many types of life either in whole or partly reliant on them and starts a chain reaction – one species extinction causes another and then another and so on until there are no more.
That’s just scratching the surface of why we need to travel in space, because one day we may have to! But now how is it actually hurting you? Less than 1% (.7 actually) of the Federal budget is spent on NASA. Imagine what we could do if they gave NASA what Defense gets! (Which don’t get me wrong I am all for defense, just making a point!)
There were thousands of thrilled tweets when Curiosity landed so I am glad to know you are all not jaded and are really proud of what your country and basically mankind just accomplished!