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It boils down to this: there's not enough money to go around to address all the issues we want to address, and space isn't going anywhere. Space exploration should be put on pause until things are fixed on Earth. 

Mars, and the moon, are not actually going anywhere any time soon. And it would maybe be nice to have an extra $100 billion lying around in the budget for the next ten years to throw at, who knows, insuring a couple million Americans, maybe? Or if we are determined to spend that $100 billion on getting Americans boldly from one place to another place, how about spending that $100 billion on high-speed trains and urban mass transit, to help us cut down on all that oil we burn, and maybe forestall the day when we destroy our atmosphere and actually do have to flee the planet in a hurry?
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It was pretty fucking awesome that we actually sent men to the moon, to walk around, collect rocks, and go back home, 40 years ago. But now would be a good time to dedicate ourselves to putting jobs of some kind back in Michigan. By the end of the decade, we will put affordable fresh produce in depressed black neighborhoods!
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Space exploration pushes the boundaries of science and in the past has led to breakthrough technologies like GPS and satellites. Further developments could shed light on some of the most important questions in science, and open entirely new industries. 

Space Mining - could bring almost unlimited amounts of useful rare metals like Platinum, instead of a precious metal could be used in all our machines (of course this also needs care - what happens to all the valuable platinum jewelry - does it become worthless? What happens to the platinum industry on Earth - what also happens if this produces trillions worth of income for space industries, can our economy handle that?)
Solar satellites - beaming energy to Earth. I think we might see this in near future
From study of exoplanets around other stars - to understand a lot more about how the Earth works
Last and most important - to find out about origins of life, especially also eventually - either alternative biochemistry - or to fill in the huge gaps in our understanding of the origins of life.
It's also just something that makes us human. Humans have always taken on ambitious projects and explored the unknown. 
Apart from that - well - perhaps to say - that civilization is not about just surviving.
That's a bit like saying to someone who has a low income "you shouldn't buy books, or cinema tickets, or watch TV because you should spend all your money on staying alive".
It's all the other stuff that makes us human. And poor countries also often embark on grand projects.
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