Right now there’s a movement beginning to form.
A lot of us love our space history.
Project Mercury proved that a man could go to, operate within and return safely from space.
Project Gemini showed us that we could build vehicles that could carry two astronauts and keep them alive in space for a couple of weeks at a time.
Project Apollo was the icing on the cake: We set a goal for ourselves and we accomplished it: Astronauts walked on the Moon.
The Space Shuttles gave us the means to conduct scientific experiments and build our current project: the International Space Station.
And let’s not forget the countless robotic programs: Mariner, Voyager, Galileo, Cassini, the Mars Exploration Rovers and the past, present and future missions to come.
But something’s amiss: NASA ain’t what it used to be.
During the height of glory, NASA received a solid 4% of the US Government’s annual budget.
Today, NASA will receive 0.45% of the proposed FY2013 budget. Less than half a penny for every dollar of taxes you pays goes to pushing humanity beyond it’s boundaries.
Most are shocked to learn that NASA receives such a small amount of the money is takes to run this country, with most figures during public polls placing our budget near “20-40%”, and they couldn’t be further from the truth.
Congress seems to be set on space history, and in doing so, is cutting NASA’s budget significantly, attempting to make traveling to space…history.
Some of us are NOT okay with this, and we are beginning to let our voices be heard.
NASA is not simply just an exploratory agency, the technological benifits that have been dervied from the work NASA has done have revolutionized our cultures and economies.
Personal computers, GPS, smart phones, water purification systems, vaccines against diseases, lighter materials, maybe even the mattress you sleep on every night: none of it would be possible without the help of NASA.
All we’re asking for is a slight increase in the budget to NASA: move from 0.45% to 1%. Let’s dedicate a single penny of every tax-dollar received to NASA.
Sign this petition today advocating this increase and let your voice be heard.
Imagine what we could do with a single penny.