In 2014 NASA received $17.6 Billion in funding from the U.S. government. This represented .5% of the of the $3.4 Trillion budget last year and 35% of total spending on academic scientific research in the United States.
We should increase funding to NASA, as its research is a significant to understand the short-term and long-term effects of climate change. However the concentration on preserving the ecology of the Earth is priority than to emigrate to Earth-likr planets.
Yes, private companies should not be able should not fund any space exploration missions or profit form space travel, that should be left to government agencies such as NASA; however we should focus on saving the Earth instead of leaving it.
While I do believe that we should pay down our debts, we should certainly give NASA and other organizations the access to resources that they need to further space travel. NASA’s budget is small, and it could certainly use more funding to do its job. NASA should also be able to stretch its dollar further—if we can get competitive and reasonable deals with contractors, we can stretch our dollar farther (so long as there is no hidden cost to another party).
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