Congratulations to NASA for its achievement in exploring the largest planet in our solar system [“NASA’s Juno spacecraft closing in on Jupiter,” News, July 5].

Scientists seek answers about how much water exists on Jupiter, whether the planet has a solid core, why its southern and northern lights are the brightest in the solar system, and why it has the Great Red Spot. They want to understand how the solar system developed.

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Even if they are succeed and satisfy their curiosity, what does this do for mankind, and how will the human race benefit? Will it help cure the maladies that plague our planet? I don’t think so.

But if the $1.1 billion spent on the Juno project had been used for research on cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, to name a few, I would feel that our tax money was used for a better purpose.

How many of us really care about the answers to the questions they seek in space? I venture to say, not too many.

John Vullo, Bohemia