>>instead of spending millions in the space program.<<
For every $1 spent in past space exploration, it returned $7 in economic benefit’
The medical advancements and products and services that came out the space exploration alone would have been worth the money spent. There is probably not a person alive that does not have a family member or close friend this is alive today that may well be dead had it not been for the science that came out of the space programs.
From pacemakers to braces, the medical benefits of space exploration http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/9811/02/space.medical/
Beyond medicine some of the other products include:
Robotic, including those used in hostage negotiations, bomb squads and toxic situation.
Cordless drills and other cordless products and the rechargeable batteries themselves
Safer automobiles due to the advancement of wind tunnel studies pioneered at NASA and the plastics developed for space travel.
All sorts of thermo products including that little tin foil looking emergency blanket and the blanket that firefighters caught in a blaze hide under to escape being burnt to death.
Dehydrated foods and the packaging that is now used in everyday use.
Sunglasses and sun block and other UV protection products were developed from space-based technology.
Any number of products has been developed form the metal alloys that came out of the space program including the most advanced golf clubs and golf balls, that some may think trivial but golf is a huge industry supplying millions of jobs nation and world wide.
I can go on and on and on. Here go read for yourself: NASA Spinoffs http://www.thespaceplace.com/nasa/spinoffs.html