In 2022 Congress’ increased NASA’s annual budget by 3% to about $24 billion, short of the 7% increase the Biden administration sought. The budget includes $1.5 billion in funds for the moon-lander program which would, for the first time in decades, take astronauts back to the lunar surface.
No, the government should not fund any space exploration missions
Space exploration is our key to humanity even having the possibility to have a longer future. Our own planet is not going to be habitable forever and nethier is our solar system. Plus expanding our knowlage of the universe will give us better understandings of our surviveiblity in the know universe.
I believe as a planet, humanity should come together to work on a very big and potentially expansive project, one not meant for colonization, but more so for exploration.
I believe a station should be built (looking much like the death star) that contains multiple habitats, buildings, etc. to house the human race and all known life forms on earth in its genetic and physical make-up, and we should go out, explore the many different planets to discover other intelligent life to learn what we can from them, to expand our own intelligence and understanding of the universe.
Yes, for now. Understanding the effects being in space has on humans is important and we should collectively pursue learning more about it. But we should be moving toward a model that allows private entities making space efforts more commercially viable.
While I agree that private entities can play a significant role in space exploration, I believe the government should still maintain strong funding. A specific example is the Voyager missions, which were funded by NASA. These missions have provided invaluable information about our solar system that might not have been a priority for private entities focused on profit.
Wouldn't you agree that not all important space research can promise immediate financial return, making government funding essential? How do you think we can ensure such exploratory missions are carried out if we rely more on commercial entities?
Yes, but we need to decrease the federal deficit and solve several domestic problems first (examples: Global Warming, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Resource Conservation, Saving Earth, Exploring the Earth aka the Ocean). Until a decrease in our federal deficit, space travel should be allowed to continue under private companies with strict government environmental regulations.
Yes, but we should focus on space science for studying climate change.
No, increase funding for NASA but leave space travel to private companies.
Yes, but with drastically lowered spending by working with the private sector.
No, increase NASA’s budget but leave space travel to private companies like airlines.
Yes, but only for missions and objectives that are not economically feasible for private companies. NASA should be focused on exploration for the sake of science and outsource more mundane missions to companies like SpaceX.
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