Target: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
Goal: Praise NASA for its decision to make all scientific research funded by the organization free to access online.
NASA just launched a new public website allowing anyone to access 831 research articles that were self-funded by the organization. Visitors will not have to pay anything to access this incredible amount of scientific data, which includes articles on climate science and environmentalist topics. Research like this could be used by professional and amateur scientists across the globe to facilitate further research and technological innovations that could significantly benefit the human race and all other life on Earth.
This decision follows an increasing trend of finding ways to make important scientific research completely accessible to the public in order to facilitate scientific discovery. People have become increasingly frustrated by the necessity to pay for research articles that are owned by a small number of for-profit publishing companies. Though NASA can’t publish all of its research, the majority has gone onto the new PubSpace database, and there’s more to come.
Scientific research, particularly on the subjects of the climate and other things that affect every living thing on the planet, should be readily available to anyone who wants it. Science is supposed to be about facilitating curiosity and innovation to make the world a better place, not about profit. Sign our petition to thank NASA for upholding these values by making so much of its research free to the public.
Dear Mr. Bolden,
I’m writing to thank you for your role in the decision to make the majority of NASA’s research articles free and available to the public through an online portal. This is an incredible boon to the scientific community and the global community as a whole. During a time when climate change and environmental destruction threatens us all, access to your organization’s important research and data should help speed up the creation of solutions for mitigating the effects of these threats to all life on Earth.
NASA is clearly living up to its motto, “For the Benefit of All.” We as a species need to come together to fight against the threat of catastrophic climate change, as well as other (and often related) global problems such as drought, food shortages, and increasingly intense weather events. Hopefully, your new database will facilitate the invention of new technologies and techniques that can help millions of people live better, safer, more fulfilling lives.
Thank you for continuing the trend of making scientific research and data available for free. Everyone should be able to share in the great things NASA is doing for this planet and all the living creatures that live on its surface.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: National Aeronautics and Space Administration