For a very long time now mankind has looked up to the stars and wondered what it up there? Now we know but the governments choose to almost ignore it.
Sure we had the 60's were we advanced in HUGE leaps and bounds in technology and understanding of space and we landed on the moon at the end and all from an idea around 20 years ago were we hadn't even launched our first probe yet.
But then the governments began to look at the bill of that last 20 years decided that it was to much of a dent in their profits to continue at this pace so the Apollo missions were scraped.
So then we went to war with each other which probably cost more than TRIPLED the space program and yet they continued the slaughter. During the space years only i believe it was 9 people died and every single one was gasped at and was mourned for but the Vietnamese war killed Thousands of people BILLIONS of dollars and damage that we are still feeling TODAY.
Then we built the international space station and that cost around probably 100 billion dollars worldwide and 11 people died when a shuttle blew up in orbit and we all mourned and cried. The the war on terror began between religions and nations and that is still going on today with people still dying and money still being gushed by the monster that is war and so we all decide that because of that to save money we scrape the space mission so more money could go to war.
My idea is if we decide to set aside your religions and beliefs and grudges for ONE DECADE i believe that we could have flown over a century ahead of the technology of space exploration and science than we have to day if we continued down this sad and destructive path.
By then i believe we would have solved many of our problems like global warming, population and planetary settlement. For the good of all not just those with most nukes or money or population.