How do we develop competency in space without, you know, going into space?
Also, the money was spent on other taxpayers. The equipment is made by people who got paid using materials that were made by people who got paid. It's not like we threw cash into space - we gave cash to people in return for a fancy piece of equipment. The money, meanwhile, was spent on groceries and heating bills, and iPhones, trash bins, and shovels, and kayaks, and a bunch of other things.