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Space Exploration is the Worst: Emily Calandrelli at TEDxIndianaUniversity (Transcript)

Emily Calandrelli at TEDxIndianaUniversity

Emily Calandrelli – TV show host

Space exploration is the worst; I should know!

I’m the host of an outer space TV show on Fox called ‘Xploration Outer Space’ and I got my degree from MIT in aeronautics and astronomics, and I’ve learned that space exploration and technology are a waste of time and money, and everybody knows it.

Why are we spending billions of dollars to send things into outer space when we have so many problems down here on the ground? Extreme drought along the west coast, heat waves that are getting worse around the world, three billion people, nearly half of all humans on the planet, living in poverty, 62 million of those are little girls without access to an education, and Justin Bieber just can’t seem to get his life together!

So many problems to be focusing on, and at the same time, we have NASA over here spending over $18 billion a year on space exploration and research. Now, sure that’s only half the percentage of the total US federal budget, which is over $3 trillion, and OK, fine, with that budget they conduct intense research which leads to breakthrough discoveries and technologies that expand out across many commercial sectors, but still, many people think space exploration is a waste of money, and I for one, agree with them.

And NASA is not the only one spending money on this worthless venture; we have billionaire entrepreneurs doing it too. Elon Musk, the billionaire genius behind Paypal and Tesla is now dedicating both his brain and his bank to space exploration. And then Richard Branson, the man behind the Virgin empire, now has his own space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, which is selling rides into outer space. And the guy who created Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has his own rocket company. All of these billionaire entrepreneurs and NASA are wasting their time and money because space exploration is the worst. And today I’m going to give you three reasons why that is. Those three reasons have to do with snowballs, Facebook, and dinosaurs.

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