Space vs Ocean. I can list a couple of
reasons why we focused more on space instead of
the ocean in our history.
1) Accessibility. Like most animals on
Earth, when we open our eyes, we realize that the
sun is shining during the day and that the moon
and stars provide light during the night. Though
we knew little about them in ancient times, there
is no doubt that we knew of their existence.
However, for the ocean, only those living close to
the ocean could appreciate its beauty. We now have
been exposed to both of them because of our
education, but in our long history, the outer
space has been "more accessible".
2) Importance, Research difficulty, and
cost. There is no doubt that the ocean is very
important to our survival. We get a lot of food
from our ocean and ship a lot of stuff through our
ocean. However, to a certain degree, it is much
easier to study pace. Basically, if the weather is
good, we can study them anytime and almost
everywhere. We can observe stars that are very far
away with the naked eye. But this is not true for
ocean exploration. You need to get to the ocean
first. Then you realize you can only see the
surface. You can dive into the ocean, but probably
only a few meters deep and still hard to see
anything. With the modern instruments it is easier
to explore the sea, but still it is more and more
expensive to explore the deep ocean due to the
lightning and pressure under water. Although
modern space exploration is getting more
expensive, in our long history, the observation of
outer space has cost much less./p>
3) Research content: Though there are
probably many unknown creatures in the deep ocean,
this is not comparable to outer space. One might
expect alien creatures or large scale phenomena
(say black holes, neutron stars). To me, it is far
richer to explore outer space; we know little
about what is very far away from us and we can
expect to learn a lot more.
4) Research significance. We can spend
millions and millions to explore the sea, sample
more exotic creatures and explore a lot more
natural resources in the ocean, but still the
significance is very limited. This is not true for
outer space exploration. We can potentially find
another planet in case some catastrophic event
occurs. And most importantly, space exploration
can shape our understanding of the universe in a
fundamental level. The first example that came
into my mind is related to the recent solar
eclipse (current date is August 2017): In 1919,
Einstein’s general theory of relativity was
verified during the solar eclipse. This was a
fundamental victory of Einstein's new concept of
space and time. There was another big event in the
physics community in 2016: the first
observation of gravitational waves. It was
another verification of Einstein’s general theory
of relativity and those who lead the discovery
might get the Nobel Prize this year.
There are many mysteries and questions that
should be answered, such as: What is space and
time? Is Einstein's theory the end? What is our
universe? I can list tons of big questions and
they are tough to answer. Human civilization will
uncover these mysteries in the future. The ocean
is big, but compared to outer space, it is small;
so is the research significance when you compare
ocean and space.
I'm not sure that is true - a great deal of
research is done on the ocean, probably more than
space, actually (it's difficult to get to space,
but not to get to the ocean).
Space exploration is more exciting for many
people, probably thanks to movies like Star Wars,
etc., which is possibly why so much focus is made
Maybe you should write EON studios (the
producers of the James Bond franchise) and tell
them to remake The Spy Who Loved Me, which takes
place in the ocean...
I think the simple answer is that we have
NASA - the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration - that wants to do space
research, and they get about $18 billion per
It was pretty cool, watching the first person step
onto the moon, on our old black and white TV, but
now the NASA news isn't so exciting.
Here's a NASA link that says they 'REACH NEW
HEIGHTS', 'BENEFIT ALL MANKIND,' 'REVEAL THE
NASA budget 2017
NASA was founded in 1958.
The oceans only have NOAA - the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - and
they have to share their Administration with the
atmosphere. But that's not such bad news, because
the atmosphere and the oceans sit next to each
other on earth, so they affect each other -
CO2 in the atmosphere goes into the
ocean, for example.
NOAA only gets about $5 billion per year.
When you think about all the oceans and all
the atmosphere, that's a pretty big disadvantage
for NOAA, as opposed to NASA, which doesn't have
so much urgent stuff to do and can spend so much
more $$ on trying to convince us about how 'cool'
NOAA was founded in 1970.
Those are my opinions; NASA would disagree with
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