ESA seeks funding. Critics question some of the ideological pursues

European Space Agency seeks funding boost from member states was entitled the media release from European Space Agency (ESA).

“The European Space Agency is asking its 22 member states for more money to be able to carry out ambitious new missions and keep up with growing competition from the private sector.”

ESA is looking to increase its three-year budget by about 10%. In 2019, it had a budget of 5.72 billion euros ($6.3 billion) — about a third that of NASA according to www.readingeagle.com.

According to the agency’s director-general, Jan Woerner, the program for the coming years is comprising Earth observation missions, scientific research, planetary defense and commercial enterprises.

When analysing the scientific research objectives we observe a lot of surface mapping with a particular interest for key life existence properties: “the mission has continually mapped the martian surface and characterised various key properties of and phenomena on the planet – from the presence of a planet-wide groundwater system to intricate old river systems, various intriguing surface depositsgiant regional dust stormsspikes of tell-tale gases in the planet’s atmosphere, and much more.”

When vast resources are poured into an “ideological pursuit” of discovering extraterrestrial life, we can’t ignore the pertinent questions: Does space exploration with the objective of finding life (bacteria, or single cell organisms) on other planets is a good and efficient way of spending our billions of euros? Why not spending these funds on developing Africa, eradicating children famine and  thus fixing the economical emigration problem?

Hold on, mate! you would say. This is not the main reason.

There is a long life pursue of NASA, answering the question currently at the heart of astrobiology — Does life exist beyond Earth? and in 2017, Congress made an update to the law that defines NASA’s purpose and objectives:  the new language specified that the agency should pursue an understanding of the nature and distribution of life beyond Earth, if it exists.

NASA has been searching for alien life for a very long time, but the new wording may reflect the fact that even members of the public (and members of Congress) are aware that the field of astrobiology is heating up because of the technology development that enables progress.

Dr. Mary A. Voytek is the director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobiology Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 2015, Dr. Voytek formed Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, a systems science initiative by NASA, to search for life on exoplanets.

“When applied to the search for life, the quote essentially means that understanding how life formed in the universe (and if it is unique to Earth) requires an understanding of the entire history of the universe.” (Voytek)

So, there are billions poured into these programs with the sole objective of confirming the Big Bang theory and to dismiss the opposing theories.

Is this worthy? you judge for yourself.

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