A NASA-like agency for deep sea exploration is an interesting concept, but you have to wonder if it would really have the same economic effect that NASA has.
Satellite technology has transformed our day-to-day lives. From the GPS that comes embedded in your smartphone to things like satellite radio and television, and possibly even the 4G network you're using to read this article and view this video, we literally interact with technology that is a direct result of the space age every single day.
And if you're thinking, "I really like to go camping and disconnect from the technological world as often as possible, I hate that we've become so technology-dependent," just remember what the S&R team will be using to find you if you don't make it home on time.
It is very interesting how our innate desire to reach toward the heavens doesn't seem to apply to our own world. To human beings as a whole, being able to cross the oceans was equivalent to conquering them, yet we've not truly explored the majority of our own planet before we've tried to get off of it ...
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