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Meh. The Swiss Patent office did more.

Some of NASA's innovations are the result of its focus on solving the kind of problems no-one has tried to solve before; others are simply the result of so many talented scientists and engineers spending their time there.

The question shouldn't just be "Was NASA worth it", but "what kind of new problems should mankind be working on". Deep sea research in another interesting domain. I'm sure there's plenty of others. Space isn't the only frontier.




Meh. The Swiss Patent office did more.

Right, yes, excitement is zero sum.

The question shouldn't just be "Was NASA worth it", but "what kind of new problems should mankind be working on".

I agree with the sentiment, but "is/was NASA worth it" is the question in practice. It's a question with a simple answer: yes. But it helps to be able to explain why, especially with examples. Hence this website.

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It's the most exciting frontier to the general public though. Thank Sci-Fi ;)

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Classic HN.

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