I was going to throw this comment in Jono’s xprize post. But it sort of went off on a tangent so I am separating it…just wondering what people thought.
In the above mentioned topic the discussion is around education in poor countries, which then leads to hunger, quality of life and so forth.
Then I wonder, how one of the poorest countries. With the highest level of poverty in the world, could justify spending 74 million dollars sending a satellite to mars.
Now I understand most of us may be geeks and the idea of hanging on mars may be pretty cool. But in the reality of it. It’s a dead planet, with not much going on for us. Best bet, it’s a goldmine for scientists and maybe a place for new minerals and the growth of mankind’s greed.
But as I see it, the people of India really needed that money spent elsewhere. The focus put into making that great accomplishment(I don’t deny) happen, if redirected with it’s resources could of possibly solved so many issues here on earth. Heck, 74 million could very well feed the hungry of india for quite some time if managed well.
Sometimes I just wonder about our priorities. Again, i’ll be the first to buy a condo on mars when they are available. But I really think we need to use our science, tech and $ to solve the things we have going on down here.
Was wondering what you guys thought.?