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Space Benefits Mankind
Basic Science and Technology
All Sciences Spin Off From Basic Space Science.
All technology has its origins in pure science.
As mankind learned how to work in the environment of space, advances occurred in all fields of technology.
Many of these benefits would have been missed through direct research, due to fixation of purpose with specific goals at hand. Space technology provided a cutting edge for the development of new technologies that benefit mankind. It has a profound effect on the national economy.
Today, over 30,000 discovered techniques are benefiting mankind in many areas of concern to mankind.
"The Congress hereby declares, that it is the policy of the United States, that activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes, for the benefit of mankind".
National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958
- Education: Advancement of computers in the Classroom.
- Energy: Heat Pipes for Alaskan Pipeline
- Geophysics: Better understanding of the Earth by comparing it with other worlds
- Industry: Light-Weight high-strength plastic piping.
- Medicine: Small microwave-proof rechargeable electric heart pacemaker.
- Nutrition: Long shelf-life high nutrition foods.
- Oceanography: Improved life-support systems.
- Pollution Control: Advanced low-cost water Purification
- Safety: New improved fireproof materials.
- Urban Development: New technology for quality low-cost modular housing.
UTAH SPACE ASSOCIATION
National Space Society Chapter
The Space Program and the National Economy
A strong Apollo-Type national research and development commitment can:
- Lead to millions of good-paying private-sector jobs
- Help reduce national inflation
- Strengthen the long-term national economy
- Help reduce global poverty through increased Economic and Education opportunities
- Expand the national tax base
- Provide opportunity for reduced taxes
- Help lower the federal deficit
- Help reduce the national debt
- From increased tax revenue, make more federal funding available, without raising taxes, for the higher federal priorities, such as Social Security, Medicare, Poverty Relief etc.
- 1972 Spring, speech by Werner Von Braun, given at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
- 1973 Stanford Research Institute, California
- 1975 Chase Econometrics Inc. Report, Pennsylvania
- 1986 Ben Bova Study for the National Space Society, Washington, D.C.
- 1989 Chapman Research Group Report, Colorado
- 1990 Enterprise Institute Study, Arizona
The Space Program pays for itself many times over, as progress in space research and development expands, it expands the national and world economy. With the right commitment from government and industry, we could have lower cost space tourism, manned exploration of the solar system, a space industrial revolution, and possibly even star travel within the next generation.