I am posting this on the landing page so that people may see it. It is also on the IDEAS page
IS SPACE EXPLORATION WORTH THE COST?
This article, on the Sci-Tech Universe site, should be read, for a number of reasons.
The information it gives is important, not because it contradicts the argument that space exploration is too costly to sustain (which it does), but also because it is so centered on the US economy. It gives the slightest of nods to other world space nations, with a huge non-acknowledgement of European endeavours. It shows how vital to the US amour-propre space exploration has become and how necessary it is that the US should lead the whole world into space.