Orbiting hunk of expensive garbage

The ISS (International Space Station) is an orbiting white elephant, sucking up billions upon billions of pounds of public money, and producing absolutely nothing in return. No decent scientific research is undertaken there. It is all akin to a reality TV show. Nice pictures for the news channels, in order to try and secure more funding, to put more people up into Low Earth Orbit, to secure some more nice pictures. An endless cycle of waste.



Three and a half decades ago, Man walked on the Moon. This is 240,000 miles away. A truly huge round trip of about a half a million miles. Stepping out onto an alien world, having got there using less computing power than you'll now find in the average saloon car.

The ISS, on the other hand, is a lump of junk 250 miles up. That's right, a paltry 250 miles. Throwing away money on this, at this stage in humanity's technological evolution, is ridiculous.

All manned space flight to LEO that doesn't return a profit, should be halted completely. Let rich "space tourists" pay their way up there (as has been happening).

Spend the public money that is at present being wasted on manned space light to LEO, on developing new techologies. All of those billions would yield impressive R+D results. Our destiny is among the stars, not a few hundred expensive miles up, in some kind of reality TV show set.

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