"Well, first of all, let’s clarify what the NASA budget is. Do you realize that the $850 billion-dollar bank bailout, that sum of money, is greater than the entire 50-year running budget of NASA? And so when someone says we don’t have enough money for this space program, I’m asking, ‘it’s not that you don’t have enough money, it’s that the distribution of money that you are spending is warped in some way that you are removing the only thing that gives people something to dream about tomorrow.’"

Dr. Neal deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist (via lucasshanks)

I will continually argue that the loss of the space program as we know it is not only sad but unwise.  Just stop and think how much of our economy is related to discoveries that came out of the NASA program and how many of those could never have been realized before we pushed the boundaries of our atmosphere. GPS, cell phones, satellite imagery, food preservation, and solar technologies.  If we don’t dream, if we don’t explore, how do we expect to play a leadership role in the world?

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