Continue Funding for NASA
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NASA has long been a point of pride for the United States. During the Space Race, there was a certain national pride associated with space missions and research, and the entire country cheered when a United States crew were the first individuals to set foot on the moon.
After the craze of the Space Race, NASA has reached a place where the whole of the public is less interested in the goals of NASA. What people do not realize, however, is all of the good NASA does that directly impacts lives here on Earth. Breast cancer detection systems, ear thermometers to detect fevers, and even memory foam were developed in part by NASA. So while the public may think NASA is all rocket science, there is a significant amount of their research that is used daily here on our planet.
Not only does NASA’s research influence Earth-based applications, but it also provides opportunities to create global partnerships. The ISS is just one successful example with over 68 nations having participated in ISS activities. With common goals to learn and explore more of the universe, space exploration provides opportunities to help align interests among nations, establish trust among one another, and provide partnership framework.
Continuing funding for NASA also means continuing inspiration. With space missions and research, NASA inspires young people to take an interest in the STEM fields. NASA has created many programs for students, hoping to inspire them to become progressive people who seek the betterment of humanity. Once again, NASA proves to have goals beyond rocket science.
While President Trump did just allocate a chunk of funds to NASA, this funding will do more of shifting NASA’s focus rather than giving them extra funds. President Trump wishes to focus on deep space research, and as a result, the Earth Sciences studies will take a loss in the next several years.
Time and time again NASA has enriched the world with knowledge, innovation, international partnerships, inspiration, the list continues. Let’s help ensure NASA continues to receive the necessary funding to do so.
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Miozzi, CJ. "NASA Should Continue to Receive Funding." Space Exploration, edited by Michael Ruth, Greenhaven Press, 2016. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Accessed 2 Apr. 2017. Originally published as "Is NASA Worth Funding?", 11 June 2014.
Bush, George W. "The United States Must Make Space Exploration a Priority." Space Exploration, edited by Daniel A. Leone, Greenhaven Press, 2005. At Issue. Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Accessed 2 Apr. 2017. Originally published as "speech at NASA Headquarters," 2004.
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