Iuekra: Stormy, maybe you could help KB and me with the good points of going to the moon!
I think we are still in the infancy of space exploration, and this is another step, albeit small, in what will prove to be a much broader and lengthy endeavor for mankind. It will make improvements in our abilities to function in an alien environment as well as increase our knowledge. There will come a time when our abilities to explore the far reaches of space will become a reality, and another mission to the moon as well as the planned mission to Mars move us forward.
When we planned the first mission to the moon, many people asked the same question then. The main reason was to prove that we could do it, that we could accomplish the most incredible feat in the history of mankind. We had no idea what benefits, if any, we would realize, but due to the daunting scientific task that was undertaken, many benefits were in fact realized. The benefits we may realize from future endeavors are unknown, but they may be immense. I foresee a day far in the future when people from our planet may need to colonize other planets when the over-population of our planet or it’s deteriorating environment necessitates alternate habitations. I foresee a day when it may be necessary to avert cataclysmic collision with a comet or meteor, and we will be more capable of accomplishing that task due to the advancements we’ve made through our endeavors. Perhaps the benefits we realize will be much smaller yet prove important for civilization. At the minimum, we will increase our knowledge and move forward in our inexorable march into the future. This is one small step toward that future, one that I believe is worthy of undertaking.