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October 11th, 2009
04:50 PM ET

International Space Station: Worth the Money?

Is the ISS worth the money?

The international space station (ISS) isn't cheap:  The football field-sized laboratory has cost the U.S. alone $44 billion, and if it doesn't get the funding it needs in the years ahead, it could become useless.

Many scientists argue that would be disastrous.  They believe that research in space could lead to everything from new technology to cures for diseases.

So the question facing the U.S., the other countries that fund the ISS, and you (right now) is simple:  Is it worth it?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. nancy

    i really dont think it is worth it. why spend oll that money?? i think its really stupid!!

    October 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  2. Sean

    Nope. Building the ISS should be the LEAST of our concerns right now. The world should focus on getting greener and more economically stable before they worry about spending billions of dollars in an "extracurricular" project.

    October 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  3. Moises

    My friend sitting by me says no but I say yes. When you think about it, Bill Gates' highest point of money was 93 billion. So it's not that much and it just might save humanity.

    October 11, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  4. Brendan

    Yes it has helped our relationship with russia and many other countries. Every little inch we are away from a nuclear war the better.

    October 11, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  5. Brendan

    I rather have the government spend our tax money on this than a public option. I mean they both put is major debt, but this ISS would put us in less.

    October 11, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  6. Brendan

    I'd rather have our government focus on paying off the trillions of dollars in debt we're in first.

    October 11, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  7. Derek

    No its not worth it because why wast all that money for something that might back fire when we can use the money for something more important and more useful.

    October 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  8. Amir

    OF COURSE IT'S WORTH IT!!! I mean look; 44 BILLION DOLLARS OF MY TAXES AND OTHERS ONLY SPENT JUST TO ACIEVE NOTHING?!?!? I'm supporter of Obama and his great policies but this is not it. I hope the other presidents and prime ministers would think more clearly then our Mr. President.

    Moreover, just think of what you could do in space! I wanna be an astronaut and they just can' t take that dream away from me.

    October 12, 2009 at 2:34 am |
  9. Amir

    acieve-achieve. Silly me.

    October 12, 2009 at 2:34 am |
  10. Terry

    If we're going to abandon the ISS, why have we keeping it for all these years? I want to see it making good developments to the world.

    October 12, 2009 at 3:31 am |
  11. Juniper

    I don't think the station is worth all the money. If it got broke that would mean another 50billion or so to fix it and it could bring all sorts of dieseases. I know we should always take risks to develop in every way but things like this? i think not.

    October 12, 2009 at 3:37 am |
  12. Alanna

    I don't know what others think but in my opinion, the ISS is not worth the money. For one thing, it could easily get broken. There are many meteroites in the space and it's not exactly hard getting hit by one.

    October 12, 2009 at 3:43 am |
  13. Anaral

    It's no use. It's just like pouring money out to the space. Is it really worth all the money when in the third world people are starving?

    October 12, 2009 at 3:53 am |
  14. Leo

    It is very important to allocate funds for basic research no matter there is a foreseable future it that or not. Who knows what scientists could find? In my opinion it worth the money and I hope they get more funding.

    October 12, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  15. George

    No becuase what if astroid hits the space station?

    October 12, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  16. kris

    i think it is worth it because even though it is a huge risk, life is all about taking risks and if you don't take risks youll go nowhere in life

    October 12, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  17. Joseph

    I don't think it is worth it. Anyway, if they know it is just to much for a project that may or may not work right that will be a waste of money.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  18. cody

    We can so when it does not matter how many people are there. WE ARE GOING TO WIN.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  19. Abel

    Yes, I think it is totaly worth the football field-sized laboratory that cost the U.S. alone $44 billion is alot of money.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  20. Abby

    I thought they were all ready in space! I thimk the U.N needs to think this one over before they make a choice. There are i think more important things that the united states needs spending on, like SCHOOLS.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  21. Frances

    i think that it is good because it cures disease easily, but the cost? really i dont know. we will ahve to see what other people think and what these people agree with

    October 12, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  22. james

    I cant believe it will take 11 years to build a space station.Also I cant believe they will not get any funding for the football field.It is a good idea to replace the vending machine with healthy snacks replace vending machine with fruits and veggies.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  23. Ryan

    The Space Station is pretty intresting because it tells alot. I also like to see them fly in outer space. It's cool to fly.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  24. lior

    I think yes because I would rather have them go up then a lot of people getting diseases.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  25. Emily

    I think yes because it cures diseases and it can help a lot of people from dying.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  26. Lucas

    I do think that the I.S.S. is worth the money it's costing the U.S. and other countries. I understand that we are in a recession, but it definitely is a terrible waste to spend all that money getting it put together only to let it waste away. If the U.S. government can't afford it maybe private funding would be the right way to go, or why not have a portion of the profits from successful vaccines and other experiments go back to funding the station?

    October 12, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  27. Manuel

    I think they should just abandon the space station and they could use the money for better things , like schools and libraries. They're not even making a penny on it!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  28. Josue

    They are dumb for wasting billions of dollars on it in the first place! They could have used this money for families in need or people suffering with the diseases they are trying to cure!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  29. Nick

    I know that there are many other satellites in space, but the ISS is most important. Yes it will cost a lot of money, but it is worth it.

    October 12, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  30. Matthew

    I think that the ISS should continue to be used. What's the point of building it if we are just going to let it sit up there. It's like sending $44 billion dollars up in a space shuttle and tossing it.

    October 12, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  31. ben

    Yes! the funding for the ISS is very much worth it. If that space station gets cut off then many vaccines could not be made. But i also beleive that the economy cannot support the station, so all countrys that can afford it should put a little money into it since the ISS benifits everybody.

    October 12, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  32. paul

    yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  33. howard

    i think that they should try to keep funding that lab they are working on and we can try to find to get a cure to diseases and that we are trying to make a lab

    October 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  34. Anonymous

    um idont know yet

    October 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  35. derek

    what i think about this is we should keep the space station

    October 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  36. SD

    i think its useless that money could of been in my pocket.

    October 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  37. Nae

    At this moment in time, i think the Space Station is completely a waste of time. With the economy low, the money problems Obama continues to repeat, doesn't that show that at this moment, we do not have the money we need to fund the Station. I believe it should have stopped when the money got to one billion dollars. That 44 Billion dollars that was used, could have been used to help many people keep their jobs, pay their bills, Gas, construction, etc. He is the MAIN REASON why our economy is so jacked up, he should have stopped it in the beginning. Someone needs to open Obama's eyes.

    October 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  38. Shelby

    I really think it's worth the money because who knows what's out there! We might find other life forms that could possibly help us from this horrible end our world could be coming to.

    October 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  39. Mr. B's class

    With the current recession and the government's need to provide basic necessities for its citizens like health care, we need to focus on these things first. Maybe when the economy recovers the government can reinvest in the Space Station. It certainly isn't going anywhere.

    October 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  40. Zanarien

    YES because they can help can with the find for a cure of HIV AIDS

    October 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  41. Alex

    Yes because we need the expiriments for medicine and vaccines for different kinds of viruses.

    October 12, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  42. zack

    yes. We have already commited to the ISS. We can't abandon it now. Also, we could get help from other countries.

    October 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  43. Gabe

    I think the ISS is worth because it can cure dieases.

    October 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  44. jason

    i think that it is worth it because it will save more peoples lives in the future and it will also help others.

    October 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  45. michelle

    i think that it is all boring

    October 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  46. Maurice

    Yes it's worth it. The scientific discoveries that will cure thousands of people, it will save the lives of young people that will never have the chance of being successful like the old people that want the funds put into wars and things that they have no business doing/ being involved in.

    October 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  47. Todd

    Of course this is worth the money! Knowledge is power, and with the potential to cure life-threatening diseases at a much faster rate, then I believe this is worth the money. Don't deny research and science it's dues. This is the Obama administration, let the new generation of freedom reign! GO CHARGERS!

    October 12, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  48. kevin...

    well i think thats they should keep it going because its just a waist of money if they just desert it. But it helps a lot of problem an it could help the swine flu.

    October 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  49. mathew

    I think it's important to have vaccines in your life because what if you get a disease that everyone knows !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  50. Beth

    If the quest for healthier humans can be best accomplished in space, we should find a way to fund it. The results would leave a positive mark worldwide. This seems like a global issue worth fighting for.

    October 12, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  51. Hunter

    It is worth it. It could be the place where a cure could be find for cancer, ect.

    October 12, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  52. Hunter

    It is worth it. It could be the place where a cure couldbe found for cancer, and the ones mentioned in the show. Yet I don't think it should go on too long.

    October 12, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  53. Angela

    Yes, the ISS is definitely worth the funding because many people die from incurable diseases; what if we finally have the possibility of discovering new cures and newer technology?

    October 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  54. Alex

    I think that the international space station is worth the money. The ISS also gives a lot of people good paying jobs. They also get to go to space which not many people get to do. I also think that puting that much money into something and then, just after getting it running, stopping it all and closing it down is not worth it . How many people would that put out of work?

    October 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  55. Jared

    I think that the space station is worth keeping because scientists can make vaccines 4 times faster than they can on the earth. It's ridiculous to spend 44 billion dollars on something that could save lives and help in creating undiscovered technology and not take advantage of it.

    October 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  56. Megan

    I think they should give them sometime! It took a while to build the ISS it will take some time to get experiments started too.

    October 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  57. Miller

    Why spent all the money on the International space station when we r in a recession . we need to save r money do spent it on the International space station

    October 12, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  58. Juliana

    I don't think the ISS should be grounded. If the International Space Station gets grounded, it may be costing the lives of people we could be saving with the cures/vaccines developed in space.

    October 12, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  59. Berg

    personally I think that it would be a waste of money because it would be wasting all that money and u know that are economy is very bad. But also it would be good because then we would get all these cures for different diseases

    October 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm |
  60. Mary

    I think that the space station has its pros and cons. It would help make vaccines to heal people from bad illnesses. But don't forget that it is going to cost $44 BILLION dollars that we could use for other things like global warming or Iraq.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  61. Magdy

    No, how can space find cures out there, if there's no exsistence of animals, creatures, specail powders or rocks, or even for better technology.
    Apparently, your using technology out there in the first place, and 44 billion dollar-s-s Money Cash "Ching Ching."
    There wasting our time, money, a worse future, and bombing the lake of tributary.
    A horrible idea, believe me, there's no life in that planet, Aliens are myths and unreal.
    So scientists are very good at predicting and are curious, but if that bomb has 1 error than "Hasta la Vista to the moon."
    Wow, scientists are weird.

    October 12, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  62. Darian

    I think they should keep the ISS. It's not just the U.S.A. spending money on it. It's an international thing. One thing that worries me is the making of vaccines in space. Yes, it's faster than on Earth because of the lack of gravity, but what happens once it's shipped down to Earth? Can something like gravity effect the vaccine?

    October 13, 2009 at 1:44 am |
  63. emma

    I think we need to pay of the trillions of $ first. then put froth more $ to the ISS. how knows what may happen we may find cures to all the decess in the world.

    October 13, 2009 at 6:50 am |
  64. george

    i think that the space sation should say it wouldn't be fare if just 44 billlion dollars went to waste

    October 13, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  65. Tim

    The comment that annoys me is "get what you get and don't get upset"

    October 13, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  66. SUMMER

    Yes i do think it is worth it carl.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  67. ADAM

    I predict that its useful for the space station.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  68. SUMMER

    It is very very very worth it!

    October 13, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  69. ADAM

    I think the space station is useful.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  70. Cassidy

    WOW! Thats alot of money.I think yes

    October 13, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  71. LENA

    YES, its worth it because I want more games. Also more technology !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  72. Jason

    Yes, I do think its worth it because its so big and it needs the money. Thats what I think and thats alot of money.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  73. anyah

    Yes
    i think its worth because its so big and it needs money

    October 13, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  74. Anonymous

    I belive it is worth the money.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  75. Zach

    Im not real sure but i think we should keep it.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  76. shaniah

    i think they should keep paying for it but save money where they can.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  77. ADAM

    I think that the space station is useles because its comeing out of our money and our pay.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  78. SUMMER

    Its worth it carl, you will find something?

    October 13, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  79. Christopher

    i discovered that this Iss kind of useless we the people can use this money way better then to use it to keep the Iss running especially with this horribal economy this year maby it will not even get better.So I say dont keep it running we the people can do better with this money!

    October 13, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  80. Caleigh

    They should fund the space station. But save money where possible.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  81. Kayla

    This made me think about your amzing question! I do think they should put the money in before it's usless. I don't understand why would people not want to put money before a international space station that could find cures for diseses! I wish I understood why people wouldn't want to cure diseses!(:

    October 13, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  82. Christopher

    I wish I understood why the space station wants so much money it makes no sense to me.They should have a bake sale.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  83. Samantha

    I think that the people should pay for the space station. Anyway , just think about all the experiments mankind can do! I have always wandered if water boils faster. Imagene, new experiments people can't normaly do.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  84. Alissa

    I wonder why they don't have enough money to pay for the space station but they should pay for it.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  85. Jessi

    With all of the money-related issues facing our world today, building this should be at the bottom of the list. I personally think that issues like access to clean water and making sure that the nuclear weapons are out away should be first.

    October 13, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  86. E.O

    No we shouldn’t be spending all that money to do stuff in space. The cold war is over man, who we trying to impress? I know that as Americans we are curious and wanna find out more then everyone and be the best on Earth and in space, but it’ll be bad when we find some little martians who kick us outta space and then when we go broke on Earth because we’ve been spending all our money on space ships.

    October 13, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  87. Sarah

    I think that it is crazy for them to be spending things to the moon. Why would they do that knowing that we are in a recession and that people need food and housing and things like that. Although, if that can find a cure for diseases then I can understand them sending things now. In which I think that a lot of people agree with me on that statement if their love ones can be saved.

    October 13, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  88. Hammer

    I really think it’s worth it. I don’t really think it’s a big deal because Obama is wanting to spend almost $900 billion on healthcare which is not needed at all because most people are getting along just fine without the healthcare plan. The ISS also is an international thing so we aren’t the only ones having to pay for it.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  89. Habibat

    This was the craziest and dumbest idea ever in history. This was just another thing to waste money and sent the economy down again. Nasa should have been more responsible about this issue’s. I am not impressed at all by this action taken upon Nasa.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  90. Patty

    It is my opinion that the international space station is worth investing more money into. I think this because we already have so much money put into it I feel that if we didn’t put anything else into it, it would be a waste of the money that we have already spent. I do, however, believe that the U.S. is doing more than necessary with it and therefore wasting money.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  91. jessika

    no the money ant worth abonding the space craft.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  92. Mr. Awsome

    I think its worth the money cuz you could get a cure for canser

    October 13, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  93. Preston

    I mean I think it depends on what they are going to discover like if it is important or if it is useless i would have to say no. They will discover new things that can do the earth really good. But they will just do useless stuff like seeing if the moon has water.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  94. Kassie

    I say yes because it could find the cure for cancer and elzheimer.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  95. Lauren

    I don't think it is worth it to spend all that money. That is a lot of time and money to just waste like that. I understand that it is a better way to find cures but it's not a garenty that they will find anything.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  96. alex

    I think it should still stay in space because it will at some point in the future help us out scientifically.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  97. alex

    If it is so easy to make cures it coIf it is so easy to make cures it could save millions of peopleuld save millions of people

    October 13, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  98. Marie

    Well Yeah! It should stay up in space because what if they find a cure to the common cold or something wide spread that doesn't have a cure. They could reap the benifits and be trillionairs!

    October 13, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  99. Paige

    Why the space station is so important is because cures for deasies could really help more people suvive more deasies that cause death.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  100. stefan

    i think that thyey should leave it because the scientistis can make it go way faster

    October 13, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  101. Elizabeth

    ok, now listen, the ISS, shouldn't be sending little rokets out to space, that costs us SO much money and down here on earth they are complaing that there ain't enough money, if they are complaining about that i have an idea for them. GET THOSE THINGS DOWN, SELL THE THINGS AND THEN USE THE MONEY TO END SOME CRISIES THAT IS A PROBLEM! HERE, ON EARTH! get done with one project before you go to the next! ISS I HOPE YOU READ THIS AND LISTEN TO ME!End the swine flu, cure cancer, do all that merry stuff, and THEN go on to the space stuff. Think about it!

    October 13, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  102. emily

    i dont think that it is worth it because why spend money on that when you can spend it on something better

    October 13, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  103. Dane

    I think Obama administration should spend more money on the ISS because it bring future achievments such as merca, alzimers, and the different kinds of cancer.

    Dane

    October 13, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  104. Calvin

    I think that it is a good idea to send a rocket to the moon to do experiments but I don’t think that it is the right time. The economy is horrible right now as everyone knows and American just doesn’t have the money to be blowing up rockets on the moon. We owe China like a trillion dollars or something like that. Its just not the time.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  105. Brandon

    No it’s not worth it what’s the use of it its sending a rocket with hundreds of dollars down the drain what’s the use of it why is it needed its unethical. What I’m trying to figure out is what happens to the money if we do give it to NASSA or who ever. What happens to the money from that point on is it given to the state or the Russians or something

    October 13, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  106. Janai

    I think that its worth money but then again its not. We as humans are killing the earth as we speak why kill the moon or any of our other planet? To me its not really worth it to me.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  107. Collyn

    I think the ISS should be worth the money but not at this present time we should focus on other major topics like the economy.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  108. Taylor

    I think that it is worth it because we could find cures for diseases and help people in the future.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  109. Brian

    I think that they should have the people in the space station test a disease to get a vaccine, if they prove results they should then keep it up and running, if not they should bring it down not leave it up there to be space junk that would eventually fall down to earth and cause untold destruction.

    October 13, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  110. Ian

    Funding for research is always money well spent. Even if it doesn’t amount to anything research should always be a priority for government funding. There should never be a point, recession or not, when the government scraps research projects.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  111. Alex

    The ISS, in my view, doesn't need any funding at the moment. I understand that it may dealy future technologies and medicines, but we aren't doing much with it at the moment. If we spent 44 Billion dollars on it already, but that health care bill is going to be worth 800 Billion. Which should we spend it on?

    October 13, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  112. Katie

    I think we should wait longer before we construct such an extravagant thing. We need to be in better times.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  113. Tripp

    I believe that we should cut back on the funding for the International space Station, until it shows some return. I think that we should limit the missions up to the ISS, and put less people up there, so we don’t have to spend as much putting people into space. By doing this, we are able to keep it operation, so as to not lose our investment, and we are able to bring more money back home for the U.S.

    October 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  114. Talyon

    i Think it should stay up to do descover new medicines,and if not
    they could use it as a fueling statoin to travel far away an explore.

    October 13, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  115. alex

    I think that the ISS is not a waste of money but it should be considered carefully. The United States and most of the world is in debt. The money should be going to other places that need it. The ISS is taking the money but it is going for scientific research.

    October 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  116. Joel

    I do think funding the International Space Station because it can lead to scientific discoveries, as mentioned above. It is a great jump into the future, even if it does cost a lot of money. It can help us cure deadly diseases, and make techonology better. The ISS is a great investment to help everyone in the world eventually.

    October 13, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  117. Michael

    I think that the space station is worth keeping because scientists can make vaccines 4 times faster than they can on the earth. It’s ridiculous to spend 44 billion dollars on something that could save lives and help in creating undiscovered technology and not take advantage of it.

    October 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  118. Max

    The space station is definately worth keeping not only because we can make vaccines 4 times faster than on Earth, but we have already pumped $44 BILLION of tax-payer's money. If we stopped funding it now and it became useless then that $44 billion dollars went towards nothing. If you think about it, $44 billion over 40 years isn't really as much as it sounds.

    October 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  119. Lana

    I think they should keep funding it because they have already put so much money into it it will be a waste to stop funding it now and let it become useless.

    October 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  120. James

    I believe that it is completely worth it. We need to invest into the future of space exploration. We may one day need to actually live out there but of course that would be a little bit of an extreme example. This needs to be done also because of it simply being in the fact that space exploration is extremely significant to us and the rest of the world. This has the potential to open an entirely new field of industry. We need to be the first to take advantage of a space based economy and not fall behind Japan and Europe which already have a head start in technology.

    October 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  121. Awesome-O

    I honestly think that the government should focus on our economy and our trillions of dollars of debt before we look into spending so much more money. Research in space can wait but our economy can't wait any longer.

    October 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  122. Whitney

    I think we should continue to use the international space station. We spent to much money to build it. Not using it is like building a mansion then never living in it.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  123. Joey

    We have already spent a lot of our tax money on the ISS if we shut it down it would all be wasted.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  124. erika

    It's definitely worth the money! We need to realize that it may cost a lot of money but it does provide a lot of jobs too.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  125. Lee

    I believe that the international space station is worth the money because it i serving as a research lab for many harmful diseases. They need to keep funding ISS because it gives hope to people with diseases that we have not yet found a cure for.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  126. Samuel

    The space station is worth it, becasue we can get vaccines a lot quicker than on earth. Also discover new, interesting technology. I also think that the longer we stay up there, the better chance of us meeting aliens.

    October 13, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  127. Big Z

    yes, why did we 44,000,000,000$ for nothing

    October 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  128. Leslie

    It could be reasonable to give the ISS the money because first of all, vaccines, in our world filled with disease that could most likely be helpful. Second, we can get them fast!!!! alot faster than on earth!! liike my aunt says, if you got something good... use it!

    October 13, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  129. SRA

    I think that the ISS deserves the money because if we can find cures for diseases, the world could do better, that is for our economy and to decrease the disease rate in the world even if its only by a small amount.

    October 13, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  130. Drew

    THe space station is worth it.We can make new vaccines that work better than trying it on Earth.The space station would really help us if we ever build something that can soppert life on the moon the station would be a base for spase craft going to and from the moon.I say give the ISS there money that they want!Any way that would be the worlds biggest wast of money if we did not use the station at all than the only perpose would to rst in space.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm |
  131. Sasha

    i think that the ISS needs to be funded because there are still so many aspects of space that need to be discovered. How are we going to know if there is life on any other planet??

    October 13, 2009 at 9:51 pm |
  132. Shelby

    I think it's worth it. The potential is to great to waste. Besides, if obama can get a nobel piece prize without doing anything, then why shouldn't the space station get funding for much more potential?

    October 14, 2009 at 1:41 am |
  133. Claire

    I think it is worth the money. The station got $44 billion dollars to start. So if we paid billions of dollars for it we should use it. If the government doesn't fund the station ,
    then we will waste $44 billion dollars because the government won't fund the station

    October 14, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  134. john

    I think that we aready spent this much might as well spend more

    October 14, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  135. collyn

    I believe that it is completely worth it. We need to invest into the future of space exploration. We may one day need to actually live out there but of course that would be a little bit of an extreme example. This needs to be done also because of it simply being in the fact that space exploration is extremely significant to us and the rest of the world. This has the potential to open an entirely new field of industry. We need to be the first to take advantage of a space based economy and not fall behind Japan and Europe which already have a head start in technology.I dislike earth and think it would be awesome to live on earth.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  136. Justin

    I think the ISS is a great investment. We can create vaccines 4 times faster in Space. We should keep founding the ISS, unless the station doesn't make any good vaccines, then we should we should cut their founding!

    October 14, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  137. Thomas

    If something fails on the project like NASA usally does, something might happen to the moon and its going to efect on all of us.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  138. Liz

    I think the iss adminestration should spend the mony on it becaus it could find new cures for cancer and other diseases.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  139. Thomas:)

    So now the station is just going to float around in space until it craches if anything we would be loseing more money to leave it.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  140. Brandon

    Its worth it, they need to finish it and see if they find vaccines worth while. If not, then drop the project.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  141. Austin

    We have all ready spent so much money on the ISS, why not continue?

    October 14, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  142. Shelby

    No, because right now is not the time to invest in this with the economy the way it is. Tax money should go to something more beneficial.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  143. Mark

    I really, REALLY think we should use the ISS. If we don't use the ISS it would have been a big waste of money. If more money would go to the ISS than that would be super terrific.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  144. Jason

    Yes, I think it is worth the money.

    I think that it a large expense, but a value expense. The research and possibilities are great, and we have already spent the money. I feel to let it go would be a great loss for our country and the world.

    October 14, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  145. Meredith(:

    Once upon a time...

    there was a question asked. My answer to that question would be I think it's a waist of money.

    The End!(:

    October 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  146. clint

    I think its worth the money because its easier to grow bacteria

    October 14, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  147. Josh

    I way that should crash that station into the moon and collect space dust from the moon from the impact. that sounds like a great way to spend goverment money!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  148. Macie

    I think the ISS should be given money to stay in use. If it is helping find cures for diseases, it is definitely worth it. Many vaccines have been created in space, that would have taken a lot longer to create on Earth.

    October 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  149. Zach

    I think the U.S. needs to prioritize it's spending and decide whether or not the potential benifits are worth all the extra money that could be used in paying back our national debt. My immediate thought was that the ISS is really cool, so yes fund it. But I'm not so sure it's worth all the extra money that we don't have right now.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  150. Landon

    I think that the international space station is worth the money becuase eploring space is a huge way to discover new things, but then again we are in a lot of debt

    October 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  151. melinda

    I think if we can get vaccines a lot faster then it's worth it.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  152. Rachael and Kelly

    We think that using the money toward the ISS is a waste of time. We could be using it for something more important, and for something that we need in the moment, such as health care. We could also use it for creating vaccines on Earth.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  153. sethie

    i dont think it is worth it because we could use that money
    for better causes. and besides dont they already have a lab.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  154. EricA

    No. I would rather our government pay off all our countries debt. first before we spend so much on ISS.

    October 14, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  155. SRA kid

    If we spend 40 billion dollars to find cures and fast, we should keep with it if we have that chance

    October 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  156. ulysses

    Yes, putting money towards the International space station is important. Without the International space station it could go abanded in time to come.

    October 14, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  157. Sally

    Altough we should be more fugal about spening money I believe that all the money we spend on the space station is worth it. We collect data and a whold bunch of other stuff.

    October 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  158. Anonymous

    Abandoning or retiring the ISS would be a monumental failure in science! It's like saying that people don't care about what happens beyond the atmosphere.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  159. Jake

    I truely don't think it is worth it.

    October 15, 2009 at 8:45 am |
  160. Vikki

    I think it is worth it, because if they get what they say they might, then it should pay for it's self. It would also really help us cure some of the diseases that are killing us, and I think that would be a really good thing to happen, and if all it takes is a little 44 billion dollars, then I think we should do it.

    October 15, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  161. Stephen

    I think it is worth it, but the president really should work on the economy first. Since when is science more impotant the people losing their jobs and going homeless.

    October 15, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  162. Jedd

    I think that they should run tests on the ISS so USA doesn't go bankrupt.

    October 15, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  163. Chirag

    I think they should.
    What if we discover water on the moon?
    I mean like if we discover water, we could see if it is safe to drink but if it is not, we could get rid of the bad bacteria and poison.
    If we don't discover it is a waste but still it was a neat experement.

    October 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  164. jasmine

    i think the government should pay for everything and stop raising taxes which makes the people pay

    October 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  165. Enaz

    I think that it is very important. If we've found cures already, who knows what we'll be able to find?

    October 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  166. caleigh

    i like they should fund the space station because it is very important to fix it up every year!

    October 15, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  167. Katie

    I think the ISS is a big waste of money because they should be paying off the huge amount of debt we are in first other things second. Also, we need to get the economy stable, and the health care to were it should be some people don't even have health care. Spending $44 billion on a space station is ridiculous.

    October 15, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  168. jacinda

    I think it is not worth it, it is not worth it because they could use the money for people less fortunate. also it can be used to go to the government.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  169. Joey

    the international space station doesnt seem to be worth the $$ right now, especially seeing what kind of economy we have, when the $$ can be spent on something better. i bet obama supports the space station though

    October 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  170. Rachel

    I think it's worth the money because we could discover new things like cures for disease, and new technology could also be invented. Sure it costs a lot of money but it has the potential to save future lives so i think we should do it.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  171. Eric

    The space station is definitely worth it. Who cares what it takes to explore the world in which we live? Why should we be so confined to Earth? Yes, the space station wouldn't get us that much further out from our planet, but in future years it could be a useful tool for space exploration. Plus, if being in space can help disease research, go for it.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  172. manuel

    noo, i don't think the space station is worth millions of dollars, we can be using that for a global prolems that we have in our country instead of going somewhere nobody will ever go, for what ? makes no sense !! That money can feed the hungry and provide shelter to homeless.

    October 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  173. andrew

    no i do not think it is worth the money to go to space right now. because the economy is in a debt and we should not be spending money on things that we dont need right now. maybe when the economy gets better but at least not right now.

    October 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  174. Chantal

    They shouldve looked at the funding in the first place. See the trend of money and put it all together in a calculation. Then decide whether they should even start building it. That was the first mistake. Second mistake is on the governments part. Watching where funding it going. Its this useless carelessness that keeps this country in terrible times. Wake up people where should you really be focusing on. Maybe the people who live here.

    October 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  175. br!anna

    I think that there is a lot of argument going around about whether or not the funding for NASA is even worth all the spending, given the large debt that America is already drowning in. I think all the arguing is purely opinion, and every response to the question of the spending is acceptable. My opinion is this matter would have to disagree with those who believe NASA's accomplishments are "a waste of money". Imagine all the discoveries that the ISS could contribute to in the near future. The moon's surface is currently under experimentation for its possible water retention. What if the globe was somehow able to use the moon for holding plant life?
    Bottom line: It's healthy to be aware of one's surroundings. Space is the earth's major surrounding, and it's something that cannot simply be neglected. NASA was originally created for the sole purpose of knowing about what's out there. The ISS is merely a tool used to accomplish just that.

    October 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  176. Lindsey

    I think it is definitely worth investing money into an International space station. If we found water traces on the moon, we could potentially locate life, and this is extremely important for our technology.

    October 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  177. Elizabeth

    I think they should build the space station because someday we might trash the earth up so much that we'll have to move–and even though the moon isn't exactly what I'd call the best place–what if we find water...accessible water...on Mars? Golly, we can't even GET there yet! But if we got to the moon with the ISS, then we might be able to.

    October 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  178. Anthony

    Sense you have already spent so many millions of dollars building it why shut it down,that's just wasting money.

    October 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  179. Lexi

    I think it was not worth it because what does space have to do with finding cures and diseases? It makes no sense to waste 44 billion dollars for nothing!

    October 16, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  180. Danny

    I think it is worth it. They shouldn't make another that much money because of the economy. It is fine though.

    October 19, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  181. Jacqueline

    I think using 44 billion are worth it because in the future, the suns gonna blow up and scientists need to research if we could live there.

    October 19, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  182. LJ

    I think it is worth the money because this is a breakthrough in science for the U.S. and its partners and it resembles that if we can't have peace here on earth mabye we can have peace up there.

    October 19, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  183. Mehar

    I think it is worth it, because i might find some things that could help us in the future.

    October 19, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  184. Claisha

    I do not think it is worth it at all. We as humans have not even discovered everything there is to discover on earth. Why should we start heading into space?

    October 19, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  185. anna

    I think that they shouldn't spend the money because then when they know another project will be able to do something that will work and still have enough money.

    October 20, 2009 at 9:03 am |
  186. mikayla

    the word that really drives me crazy is " omg" and " holy crap"

    October 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  187. mikayla

    i mean its way to much money they will probly be out of money you would think imean really! 🙂

    October 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  188. hashim

    the space station worth money it not like we are going to distroy it

    October 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  189. Tamaiya:]

    I don't see why the U.S. is sspending money that they say we don't have. It just isn't adding up me. Are they hiding money or are they using it for useless things like this. I just want the answers. Beacsue none of this is adding up.

    October 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  190. Carson

    I don't think we should continue to work on the space station. A cure for some diseases is not worth the US getting into an even worse financial state.

    October 21, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  191. Kyle

    I think spending all of that money is ridiculous! That money could be used to help our economy. So what if you could live in space. If people don't have jobs they won't have money. If they don't have money that can't go into space....I think its really dumb......

    October 21, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  192. Julia

    I don't think it's worth it.... we shouldn't spend all of that money.

    October 22, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  193. Memphisbill

    Save the space station, of course! Why throw away a 100 billion dollar investment when it can be saved, reused, redevloped and/or sold.

    What you want to do is like building the greatest, most advanced building in human history for 100 billion dollars then burning it down when the first tennant moves out. That would be an unspeakable betrayal of all the blood sweat and tears extracted from citizens around the globe!

    The international space station has accomplished a lot and can be the first permanent foothold as humanity expands beyond the Earth to find resources like energy for future generations.

    October 22, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  194. Ravi

    I believe the ISS should be invested in. Space cannot be explored if stations and satellites come down from the skies. 40 years ago, man stepped(and golfed) on the moon because John F. Kennedy set that goal. America is a country where those big dreams come true. That landing on the moon ultimately won the space race against the Soviet Union. This space station can take us farther than just the moon, but the joint efforts of other countries, not just America, then we can land on Mars and beyond that. But the first step in that is to first invest that money. Everything starts small and gains momentum if you know what to do. Kinda like a snowball. It's small, but then you roll it around in the snow and it gets bigger. Get your friends to make the other parts and then you have a fully functioning snowman. That is why I believe the ISS is worth funding.

    October 22, 2009 at 8:32 pm |
  195. hanna

    I think it would be awesome to have a space station, however; I don't think it would be quite worth all that money. but if that is what they really want to do then go for it.

    I think that that money could be used in wiser ways. maybe like helping out the needy!

    October 23, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  196. peter

    i think that the ISS is worth the money.
    you never know if there could be some awesome science breakthrough that could happen there and if we have already invested 44 billion there is no point of dropping out now.

    October 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  197. Lauren

    i think its dumb. they should keep going. why stop if they have already spent all of that money

    October 23, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  198. Mateo

    Yes! The funding for the ISS is very much worth it. If that space station gets cut off then many vaccines could not be made and or as fast. But I also beleive that the economy cannot support the station, so I think all countrys that can afford it should put a little money into it since the ISS benifits everybody.

    October 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  199. Matt

    I have no decisive opinion whether the cost is worth it, but my undrestanding is that the international space station does not directly benefit the general population, but it does improve scientists understanding of space. Scientists claim that the general population may be able to go into space one day, but who knows when that will be?

    October 28, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  200. Joshua

    I don’t think its worth it because its 44 billion dollars. Sure we can use a few million dollars on the ISS laboratory but seriously 44 billion? They are wasting their money on this. This could brake down or something bad can happen. Also space exploration is not imortant. The only important thing of space is if they find life on a planet or moon. But we could use that money on better thing like Health Care!!!

    October 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  201. kaleigh

    I think that it is important to keep the space station.If we do then we can mabey find new things that have not been seen before mabey something to help with cures for diseses or a new planet i dont know but i still think it is important to keep the space station.

    November 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  202. ERICA

    I think the space program is not worth 44 MILLION dollars I think it is a waste of money.

    November 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  203. LR

    Anything going to space is worth it. I'm an unofficial astronomer and cosmologist, and any advancement we can get up there is great. Eventually, after the money is raised, people will see that it is an amazing idea and possibly one step closer to discovering life on other planets. All in all, I say go for it!

    November 5, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  204. Tyler

    I think that it is worth it because Obama is going to spend a ton of money on Health Care. Why not spend some more money on a space station.

    November 9, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  205. Catherine

    Dear Veterans,
    Thanks for serven for our country. I have a step brother right now that that is going back to Iraq! I truly appreciate him for doing that; he has so much courage he's a hero to me. I would like to wish my step brother and other Venterans Happy-Verterans Day.

    Thanks,

    November 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  206. Morgan

    I just wanted to give a shout out to all the american people in the us armed forces for veterans day. i want to let them all know that our country salutes you! 🙂

    November 10, 2009 at 9:45 pm |
  207. Faustina

    I think that that it is worth it I mean going to space discovering new planets AWSOME! Also, we might discover that life may be retainable on some other planets and we might be able to have people live there!

    November 12, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  208. Jonathan

    What many don't realize is science isn't an immediate process. You aren't going to get the pretty pictures you get from the Hubble, however, what we have learned about in-space construction, the affects of microgravity on the human body, how to effectively maintain a large orbiting station around a planet will be of great benefit for future space projects. For those who think it is useless...bacteria grows at a much higher rate in microgravity. The ability to grow bacteria at an accelerated rate is an invaluable asset for experiments regarding health care/biology. Not only that but the simple fact that international communities and private sectors within the international community have come together to create such a massive station is a step towards a more unified world. BTW, the 'waste' of money is chump change in comparison to our national debt. Let's try to think out of the box for a change, strive for the future, and stray away from this immediate satisfaction syndrome the majority of the populous is plagued with.

    November 19, 2009 at 4:46 am |
  209. Yolande

    Im sick of the government spending money on useless things when we have so many homess people on the streets. We in a depression and they talking about funding a space station because research can lead to cures for diseases in space. Why cant they find sures on earth? why do they have to go to space? THEY DONT!!!

    November 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  210. Jocelyn

    Anything that can help our future is worth it. If the US needs to build this space station to help their people with diseases then it needs all the support it can get. The future is unknown, there may be new diseases, and new needs and if we're well prepared there are less chances of mishaps.

    November 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm |