It seems that every day in the news someone famous is diving into the depths of the oceans with new and innovative technology in order to explore that which human eyes have never seen firsthand. From new submersibles and new techniques, these advancements are helping to create a new era for exploration and perhaps an entirely new segment for the economy. So this begs the question:
“Should government funding that has traditionally been slated for space exploration, be redirected for ocean exploration with the intent of creating groundbreaking technology and a new economy that would benefit far more people than that of NASA?”
A very famous scientist once said that in order for the human race to survive, we must go into space. This stream of thought does in fact coincide with the current problems associated with our planet such as pollution, food shortages, disease and overpopulation all of which do in fact support a ‘get off the planet and into space or else’ mentality. However, the costs associated with space travel and the colonization of the moon or Mars is not a financial viable one, with tax money, considering the current state of our national economy. What is within our grasp through private funds and much lower government involvement is moving massive amounts of research and developments towards the ocean environment which would result in as much ,if not more, technological advancements in a plethora of fields. This in fact has already been proven.
Although there still are underwater labs being used and there were many labs used in the past to gain a working knowledge of the underwater world, SEALAB is perhaps the most famous where many experiments were performed and a large amount of information was gleaned from these studies. Examples of such ranged from:
- Manufacture of new types of tools
- Salvage techniques
- New types of dry suits
- Physiological testing
Other advancements that would undoubtedly arise from investments in any type of underwater facility would involve such things as, reusable energy, location of more natural resources, more efficient recycling methods, knowledge about the climate and safety practices relating towards a self-contained and self -sufficient habitat for people.
Space vs. Oceans
The costs associated with the colonization of space are massive and its return on investment for the tax payer is negligible. The obvious choice is to first inhabit the underwater realm as we have the technology to do so and the…