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Given the state of our economy, is NASA really necessary?

Billions--yet we have children going hungry in our country. I really think space exploration should be suspended until the woes of our economy are stabalized and remedied. What do you think?

According to NASA, its plans for conducting human and robotic spaceflight and sup­porting science and research in aeronautics from 2010 to 2025 will require funding averaging $19.1 billion annually.3 About 80 percent of the funding for NASA’s activi­ties is distributed across the agency’s four mission directorates: Exploration Systems, Space Operations, Science, and Aeronautics Research. The remaining 20 percent is in accounts funding cross-agency support, education, and its inspector general of NASA plans to more than double the annual budget for the Exploration Systems mis­sion directorate between 2010 and 2025, from $3.7 billion to over $10 billion.


Asked by PsWifey at 10:38 PM on Sep. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The economy can't handle another visit to outer space if we can't even afford to feed , clothe, or care for those who need the help. the NASA program can wait until there is money for more space exploration. Right now is not a good time it's time the federal government put it prioroities in order.!!!

    Answer by crazedmom33 at 2:21 AM on Sep. 12, 2009

  • I have said this before, suspend that program (except essential ops) for at least 3-5 years...


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:39 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • I think NASA is okay, but they should limit some things. Trips to outerspace and such. Make the trips longer in between (not the ones bringing supplies to the spacestations). I think it's necessary though because without it, how would we know if something changed or was happening out in space?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:41 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • The amount that NASA gets from the total revenue of government programs is miniscule. They've been operating at below budget funds for decades. You don't want to cut back on NASA, any reductions to their budget is not just now, it's for decades.

    Right now, because they're not getting the funding they need, there's going to be a gap in human exloration of space. The Shuttle program is ending in 2010 and the Constellation and Ares rockets won't be available until at least 2015. That's five years already.

    Like your cell phone? That's NASA. How about GPS or plastics or any number of inventions that have come out of the space program. Something NASA develops today may help starving children in the future.

    Plus, NASA generates employment. Suspend the space program and you've just increased unemployment Engineers and support personel are now jobless.

    It may seem like NASA is a big waste of money but it's not.

    Answer by Myantek at 10:46 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Well, if there was no NASA wouldnt that mean that even MORE people would be out of jobs? I do think limiting it might be a good idea. But no more lay offs! this country doesnt need any more of those.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 10:47 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Did you hear about teh $5 million dollar treadmill that was delivered during this past shuttle mission? I can understand to some point, but we need to take care of things here on the ground first.

    Answer by PsWifey at 10:47 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • I would rather NASA be getting billions of dollars than Acorn

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:52 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Sure, lets kill one of the only 2 government spending areas that have an actual potential to generate revenue. NASA and the military are the only areas where research and development result in new products that get streamlined into commercial markets. But hey, at least we're still protecting those marsh mice.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:55 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Look up what NASA has done for humanity and you might change your views.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:57 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • arth – all thanks to the space programme. They not only give us satellite broadcast television and radio but also power telecommunications including mobile phones and terrestrial TV networks.

    2. SAT NAV: The global positioning system on which our in-car navigation systems are based was developed by the US Department of Defense. They would not exist without the space satellites.

    3. GOOGLE EARTH: Mapping was never as accurate as the images we can now get thanks to satellites which from space can even see a dog in your back garden.
    4. VIRTUAL REALITY: Nasa-developed research and advanced technology devices allow users to project themselves into a computer-generated environment. When coupled with a stereo-viewing device and appropriate software, it creates a feeling of actually being there.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:02 PM on Sep. 11, 2009