Not my opinion, but I am hearing talk, just now again in a review of the Top Science Stories of 2003 on The Science Channel, in which the viability and value of the space station and the shuttle are questioned. The main questions were: 1). What are we accomplishing on the space station? 2). How much cost in money and human life is this effort worth? 3). Could we accomplish the same more cheaply with robots? I have an almost irrational support for our space program. My bias comes from my love of exploration. Aside from this, what are the current political and economic arguments that justify human activities in space?