Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the case for doubling the NASA budget
The 2008 bank bailout of $750 billion was greater than all the money NASA had received in its half-century history; two years’ U.S. military spending exceeds it as well. Right now, NASA’s annual budget is half a penny on your tax dollar. For twice that–a penny on a dollar–we can transform the country from a sullen, dispirited nation, weary of economic struggle, to one where it has reclaimed its 20th century birthright to dream of tomorrow.
I can agree with more spending for space, but I think it would be better to provide more budget directly to Spacex.
Nextbigfuture clearly still dreams of a better tomorrow. However, you cannot just put it into an agency that is labeled space. You have to have bolder plans for what will be done. The plan should not be to spend hundreds of billions on a space shuttle or a space station or a new space launch system. We have to spend the money to reduce the cost of getting into space to less than $10 per pound. This can be done with the
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