About 18 Quatrillion Things NASA Has Given Us

So we’ve successfully sent an enormous, rock-vaporizing robot to Mars. Huzzah! But Mindy, you may say, why should we be spending billions of dollars on exploring outer space when we could be giving tax cuts to the rich investing in our economy and generally making life better here on Earth?

To that I say, why are you being so small-minded? We’re talking about the universe! A place so big our minds can’t even comprehend it! It took nine months to get a rover to Mars, and it’s our neighbor! What if there was life there? What if there is life somewhere across the galaxy? Don’t you want to know these things? Exploring space is just expanding the tradition of the great explorers of centuries past and we’ve been doing it for the past 50 years for a fifth of the cost of bank bailout. Yeah, that’s right. Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, the Space Shuttle — American manned space flight was done for less money than it took to keep banks afloat. When you start counting all the satellites and space telescopes, oh man! What incredible value for money!

But, if you insist on a list of stuff that NASA has done to make your puny life just a little bit easier, might I suggest WTF NASA. It’s just page after page of technologies we wouldn’t have if not for the nation’s investment in space exploration. Everything from advanced weather predictions to kidney dialysis has been enhanced by NASA. Here are a few more:


For real?

Shut the front door!

For even more awesome things NASA has done for you, you can check this out. NASA does amazing things, and they do it for a mere one percent of the federal budget. What could they do if we actually invested in science?

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Image credit: NASA


William C
William C7 months ago


W. C
W. C7 months ago

Thank you.

Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

NASA has given us so many lifesaving inventions.

Wendy Schroeder
Wendy Schroeder5 years ago

I think space exploration is important and a good investment.

Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago


Mark R.
Mark R5 years ago

Amazing article, cheers. I'm looking into that list.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B5 years ago


Cheryl B.
Cheryl B5 years ago


Phillipa W.
Phillipa W5 years ago

I love NASA. I hope they never stop working for people and not the military machines.

Joseph Belisle
Joseph Belisle5 years ago

And they keep cutting money from NASA and pushing for privatizing space exploration.
And they keep increasing the money for the militarization of space. I saw a commercial a few years back for the Air Force trying to recruit people to the Air Force bragging that they have twice the budget of NASA. Our priorities are perverse. NASA has done so much for everyone.