Target: Congressman John Culberson
Goal: Don’t let Congress pass the White House’s proposed cuts to NASA programs
The currently proposed White House budget aims to severely reduce the budget for NASA. If this is allowed, not only will future exploration be terminated, but projects already in existence will be ended. Congressman John Culberson of Texas, home of the Johnson Space Center, needs to convince his fellow House members to keep funding levels intact for NASA.
We are the first generation of man that has the ability to finally reach and explore the celestial bodies that inspired our ancestors. There is no end to the knowledge we can gain through investigating other planets, stars and asteroids. The largest advancements of our civilization have been through our embrace of science, its concepts and the answers it provides us.
The current White House budget proposes to slash funding for NASA. The suggested cuts would affect NASA’s Planetary Science Division as well as NASA’s total budget. If implemented, this would be devastating to both proposed and current programs. The Opportunity Mars rover would need to come to an end as NASA could no longer sustain the cost of the project. In addition, the chance to explore the water geysers of Europa, Jupiter’s moon, would most likely not happen in our lifetime. This prospect for exploration with the possibility of locating evidence of life, even at the microscopic level, would change everything we know and influence our future.
We need to make sure that the budget for NASA is at the very least kept to the current budget for 2014. The possibilities for humanity are endless but they will indeed come to an end if we debilitate our science and research divisions such as NASA. Scientists are this generation’s pioneer. If we do not support them, advancement will stagnate, our collective learning will dwindle and society will suffer.
Dear Rep. Culberson,
As Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center, you must realize and value the importance of this institution not just to the local community but to the United States of America.
The proposed cuts to NASA’s budget are unacceptable. Such action would have detrimental effects not only on the local economy with the variety of jobs provided by NASA, but also on the knowledge we would lose by termination of current and planned explorations.
We have the ability within our lifetime to explore water on Europa, Jupiter’s moon, something that past generations didn’t even dare to imagine. Just as the moon landing united all of America, so must this as well as NASA’s other pursuits to the unexplored celestial bodies that inspired our ancestors.
Don’t let budget cuts cost this generation the knowledge or the pride to be included in such a united experience. Convince your fellow House members that this is a vital program, one that this nation needs to encourage and fund. Deny the proposed cuts to NASA’s budget and at the very least, keep the 2014 budget intact.
[Your Name Here]
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