Don’t Keep Americans Out of Space


Target: Senator Richard Shelby

Goal: Make it easier for NASA & other companies to conduct space exhibitions

Recently, the House and the Senate passed a bill that would give NASA more funding. Although this seems like good news, one article in Slate magazine argues that this may in fact inhibit NASA and other companies like it.

The article specifically references NASA’s proposed project, SLS, or Space Launch System. SLS involves the construction of rockets to replace the space shuttles, and has been continually delayed time and time again because of the money it requires. The hefty price tag encourages Congress and NASA’s bureaucratic officials to drag their feet and make the bills regarding funding as complicated as possible.

For example, Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama, while giving more money to NASA, worded the bill in a way that made it a lot more expensive for other companies to send people into space. So while NASA twirls its’ thumbs, other companies, like SpaceX, will not be able to afford to initiate projects of their own. This forces us to rely on other countries, like Russia, to do the space traversing.

In a world that is seemingly falling apart, exploring other galaxies and other planets seems like it would not be much of a priority. Although most of our efforts should be focused on nursing our planet and our planet’s people back to health, if there were to be life on other planets, maybe it could help us to learn from their successes, or failures. Help us encourage Senator Shelby and the rest of Congress to figure out a way to fund space exploration without hindering its progress.


Dear Senator Shelby,

Recently, the Senate and the House granted more funding to NASA. Although this is a great idea in theory, it has simultaneously made things all the more difficult for other companies to conduct their own space exploration by making it more expensive for them to do so.

Space exploration, although seemingly unimportant, could behoove us immensely in the near future. We have not treated our world with the best of care, and maybe researching life on other planets, their successes and their failures, could help us maybe turn things around for our own planet.

Please encourage Congress to pass bills that will only encourage progress, not prevent it.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: MrMiscellanious via Wikimedia Commons

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