It's good that there are people out there who are involved in these endeavors and that there are nations who are willing to finance these intellectual endeavors.
It's not possible to put a price on what they find. How do you put a picture on Hubble's look at the edge of the universe?
When we are all consumed in various ways by various concerns in our daily lives, Hubble's images do help to put things in perspective.
Humans though are motivated by things that have a more immediate resonance for them. What a pity...