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Dutch -- Space exploration is much more than planning for the eventual demise of our planet. I love our space exploration program that sends unmanned ships to take pictures of Pluto and its moons...and Jupiter and Saturn and Mars. But mostly I am consumed by looking up into the sky on a moonless night to be taken in by the vastness of our universe and the 100 octillion stars, or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars ("1" with 29 zeros)...not to mention the black holes, nebulae and galaxies. I love all the photos of deep space objects taken with the Hubble Telescope.
Looking at the images taken by the Hubble Telescope, one cannot help but feel awe at how it all came about and how insignificant we are individually in space and time.
Space is a form of escapism for me. Some people watch football or soaps. Some are consumed in making money. Some are into meditation and yoga. Some just drink beer at a bar. However, drinking beer on a dark night and staring into space is therapeutic. You should try it without any distractions...no loud music, cars driving by or street lights. Just silence and darkness except for all the celestial bodies and a bottle of Heineken.