I noticed a new Twitter hashtag this morning for the first time: #SaveNASA
I love rallying cries.
I also love the huge list of things that the world benefits from as a result of NASA over the last 50 years.
BUT (come on, you knew there was a BUT in here)
Making lists of things accomplished in the past isn’t enough to get programs funded for the future. They are a by-product of other goals.
Great by products, but they are still by-products. The result of something else.
By-products don’t get billions of dollars in funding. The chance of some by-products is also not a good motivator.
Programs that have vague half hearted goals don’t get the American people’s support. Without public support, congress has a difficult time giving a program money.
It’s the reality of the situation, whether or not you think it’s right or fair.
We need our leaders to make a decision about the space program. A bold decision that motivates entire generations to step up to a common goal. To become something bigger than we are.
Only that will save NASA.