NASA Needs More Funding
America spends more on cosmetics than on space exploration (nasa.gov). NASA has received nine billion dollars on average a year for the past 50 years. That seems like a lot of money, but for such an important agency, it’s hardly anything. In reality, NASA only receives about .6% of the Federal Budget a year which is less than half a penny out of every dollar spent (nasa.gov). NASA needs to have their budget doubled to a penny out of every dollar because space exploration improves the economy, can protect Earth from harmful objects in space, gives America a better understanding of Earth, and America may need to possess space weapons in the future.
Space exploration requires innovation and technological advancement which improves the national economy directly and for the long term. Through NASA’s missions, they’ve discovered that they need new equipment to make the trips they take to space possible. The equipment they invent then becomes sold to the public and helps the economy and society. The results of NASA’s research have been noticed in the creations of GPS, better parachutes, portable cooling systems, cordless tools, and many more inventions (cnn.com). Those inventions have benefited society and the economy immensely by making our ways of life easier. The GPS gives us direction to any place we desire to go at the push of a button, instead of using a map. Cordless tools allow us to do work on the go and not always be by a power outlet. President Dwight D. Eisenhower acknowledged NASA in his 1961 farewell address to the nation. He says, “To be certain, NASA has employed large teams of scientists and engineers in managing it’s complex missions creating jobs for many, but the agency has also encouraged the spark of genius that comes from individual inventors. Significantly, both ways of doing business have resulted in remarkable technological innovations that have served to advance progress in aeronautics research, space science...
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