Seeing a man on the moon was one of the coolest things of the 1960's. Since then, shuttle have been sending many, many people up to complete missions. These are costly and incredibly dangerous. Are manned missions economically viable or is it more effective to focus on less expensive drone missions?
Yes, manned space flights are worth it
Manned expeditions even more costly provide an advantage towards a completely drone missions
Actually "being there" has an important psychological impact on society
Even if a drone mission can accomplish the same goals, the impact of having real astronauts on a space flight is important because it inspires and brings people together. Unmanned space flights don't have the same psychological impact.
Psychological effects of space travel have a lasting impact on mental health
There is a long-awaited trip to Mars scheduled for the 2030’s, but astronauts have recorded psychological challenges while in space for a shorter amount of time. Manned space flights put people at a significant health risk.