On saving NASA

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.

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While that is indeed true, that by products do not a space program fund, it does give people some idea of what goes on. People think things stopped after the lunar landing. I have had people tell me NASA just does Pentagon work, or “what has NASA done for me lately?” Yes, someone actually said that.The average American probably will not rally behind a “we're going to Mars!” Sad, but most likely true.People need to excited about exploration again, and they need to be involved.Nice article : )

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I like your approach with this – you make an excellent point – and I think it'd be even better if you were more specific about those “half-hearted goals” and which decisions are not being made. The more informed people are, the more likely they are to join the cause.

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While that is indeed true, that by products do not a space program fund, it does give people some idea of what goes on. People think things stopped after the lunar landing. I have had people tell me NASA just does Pentagon work, or “what has NASA done for me lately?” Yes, someone actually said that.The average American probably will not rally behind a “we're going to Mars!” Sad, but most likely true.People need to excited about exploration again, and they need to be involved.Nice article : )

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I like your approach with this – you make an excellent point – and I think it'd be even better if you were more specific about those “half-hearted goals” and which decisions are not being made. The more informed people are, the more likely they are to join the cause.

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