The Case Against Space Exploration

By Mark Antony Rossi

In the past two months India and New Zealand have been attacked by racist terrorists killing over seventy-five innocent people.  Wars, genocides and man-made famines are still common place in the 21st century. The same century that perfected reusable space capable rockets built by private corporations.

We believe this is a new age of rocket achievements necessary if our goal to get to Mars is ever to become a reality. New Rockets. But the same run down Human Condition. How do we justify the time and expense on space travel when the planet at any given period is engulfed in religious war, willful famine and environmental pollution.

Shouldn’t we put our best minds and enormous resources towards the elimination of war, terrorism, hunger and preventable disease? Any deeper thought on the space travel question find humanity at a crossroad asking isn’t galactic exploration putting the cart before the horse?

Is it not premature to leave a planet in flames to photograph another planet already dead? How do we sleep in rockets blasting off to parts unknown while millions of children starve to death? I vote my money be used to stop useless war and senseless death first before studying icy rings around distant planets harboring zero chance of life.

Our future success as a species may be weighed on whether we can bring resolution to Kashmir before we digitally plot Kuiper’s Belt.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. He also hosts a podcast called Strength to be Human.

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