In 2014 NASA received $17.6 Billion in funding from the U.S. government. This represented .5% of the of the $3.4 Trillion budget last year and 35% of total spending on academic scientific research in the United States.
Yes, for the purposes of scientific breakthroughs that can improve daily life for Americans or help maintain military advantage. Efforts on human longevity should focus on saving the environment, however, and not leaving it.
Yes, but not as much of a focus on exploration and more focus on innovations in technology’s and resource mining of celestial bodies in order to help the earth. Space is full of resources that can help us if we learn to safely acquire them. Exploration though is rather pointless. Funding should only further things here on Earth.
Yes and no. It should fund space travel in instances where the money is available. But in times when the money is not available, the government should support private companies that do collaborative, transparent space exploration.
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