Target: United States Congress
Goal: To increase funding for space exploration programs and related education.
With the recent landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover, excitement about NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and space exploration appears to be gaining momentum. When the space shuttle program officially ended in 2011, there seemed to be little hope of sustaining the organization as it was; however, funding from the private sector and foreign countries helped to make this feat possible. Now it is time for the American government to step back up to the plate and include important space exploration back into the federal budget.
NASA’s annual budget for the last year was $18.4 billion, which may sound like a lot, but in fact is only about .5% of the current federal budget and less than half of what is was at its peak in the 1960s. Funding that gets directed to NASA also has a positive economic impact in that it creates a great deal of steady, skilled employment, sees increases in sales and benefits, and brings in a great deal of federal corporate income tax. The science used by NASA also advances technology used here on earth, including water filters, CAT scanners, and contact lenses.
The landing of the Curiosity Rover is just the first step in a long series of new methods of space exploration. If the United States Congress were to increase NASA’s budget even up to only 1% of the federal budget, space exploration, scientific and technological advances, and our understanding of the universe we live in would be greatly improved. Urge Congress to increase funding for space exploration and related education.
Dear United States Congress,
With the recent landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover, it is clear to see that the American people are deeply passionate about space exploration. However, funding for such programs only composes about .5% of the Federal budget, a number that is sharply reduced from that proposed by previous legislatures. Space exploration and other programs as NASA do not only expand our understanding of the universe, but they also provide a large number of skilled jobs, return a great deal in federal corporate income taxes, and supply technology for earth products such as water filters, CAT scanners, and contact lenses.
The excitement around the safe landing of the Curiosity Rover will hopefully be the spark we need to see a return to an America that is curious about its surroundings and wants to compete with other countries to be the best, not simply the most powerful. That is why we urge you to restructure future budget plans and increase funding for NASA space exploration programs.
[Your Name Here]
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