NASA deserves adequate funding

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M. Jay Bouska
Friday, June 11, 2010

NASA should be a higher priority in today’s economy for many reasons. NASA helps the economy by supplying jobs, according to Dr. Rodger Launius, senior curator at the Smithsonian Institution, Air and Space Museum.

NASA employs more than 150,000 people, and most of those jobs are highly skilled jobs such as scientists, engineers and mathematicians. It is also an important relationship we have with other countries, as well as a sense of national pride to be the leader in space exploration, and we cannot do that effectively with the low funding that we currently receive for NASA.

For every $1 the federal government spends on NASA, it spends $98 on social programs. In other words, if we cut spending on social programs by 1 percent, we could nearly double NASA’s budget.

Howard McCurdy, professor public affairs in the Public Administration and Policy Department at American University, stated that for every dollar spent on NASA projects, we as a country make $3 back through advances in technology.

M. Jay Bouska wrote this as part of Washington Seminar at Janesville Parker High School.

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