Somewhere between reading about NASA's moon missions, Russia's proposed elavator to the moon, water on Mars, encouragement for exploration of other galaxies, and using robotic medicine to prolong life another 100 years, I could not help but wonder if many people are struggling to accept death. Each of these ventures opens a pandora's box. Are there not thousands of better ways to spend the billions of dollars a mission to mars would cost? If we one day find a way to escape the death of this solar system, who would get to leave? Those with loads of money can attempt a trip to another planet, while the rest of us stay here and perish with our aging sun? This planet is temporary. This universe is temporary. Our lives are temporary. Death is inescapable. The only thing we can do, is make life as fulfilling as possible. At this very moment, millions are starving, millions are homeless, aids is ravaging a continent, wars are taking thousands of lives, and pollution is shortening our existence. The moon is not the answer. There is no way to bail out. I would enjoy using space to protect this planet from meteors, or to create new technology that can help us all (like juice boxes ). Yet, I feel that is not what is happening. Space is creating a false sense of security. Stephen Hawking believes that we need to explore the universe because Earth is becoming uninhabitable. I think space exploration is a distraction from making Earth inhabitable. I apologize for this little rant, but our spending is becoming so ungrounded that it is sickening.