Boldy going where no men are getting to go

Yep, Patrick Stewart has said in an interview with the BBC that he is all for unmanned missions like the recent Mars probes, but not for human exploration of other worlds just yet, not until we sort out this planet first. It’s an argument I have heard many times and although it does have some merit I have always countered that we should be cutting back on the trillions we spend on weapons research, not science and exploration. Then we could explore the endless worlds of our universe and feed all the hungry of our world, educate every child, give drinking water for every thirsty soul. I don’t think space exploration detracts from this at all – spending trillions of ever more elaborate devices to kill other human beings while children go hungry does.