By Jenna Jones, opinions/reviews editor
In recent years, the United States government has slowed its funding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, more commonly known as NASA. The main reasons behind this are that it costs too much to fund and NASA’s supposed lack of progress.
The argument that space programs are too costly and that it takes too much out of the national budget is ridiculous. NASA’s funding is less than 1% of the federal spending budget, and reducing the little funding they currently receive is causing more harm than good.
People in the United States tend to underestimate the importance of NASA and its research to our development as a whole. It is not just about space exploration. Since its founding in 1958, NASA has led to countless achievements in other fields, such as medicine and technology.
NASA’s mission, according the official website, is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so what they do and learn will benefit all humankind.
I think one of the greatest aspects about NASA is that, because the organization is not privately funded, there are no specific reasons for their research besides a drive to learn more about the world around us.
The improvements to technology and electronics that have come from NASA were not planned. They simply came from the idea that something that is unknown should be explored.
As Bill Nye said on StarTalk Radio, “People say, ‘Why are you exploring Mars? What are you going to find there?’ We don’t know, that’s why we’re exploring.”
Leah Klinestiver, 10, said, “We still have a lot of stuff to figure out. We can’t stop now.”
To stop funding NASA would be to stop encouraging learning without a cause, to stop discovering just to know, and to stop improving upon and advancing in areas that may seem worthless but could change an entire field of science.