Even as America’s leaders contemplate severely slashing NASA’s budget, NASA isn’t taking it lying down. Here’s a rousing ad narrated by Peter Cullen (the voice of Optimus Prime himself) that eloquently explains why we need to keep exploring:
As Neil deGrasse Tyson reminds us, NASA only costs half a penny for every taxpayer dollar — and the amount we spend on the US military in two years is greater than NASA’s entire budget in its half-century of existence. So it’s not that we don’t have the money to spend on curiosity, exploration, discovery, and laying the foundation for the future; it’s that we simply choose not to spend it that way.
It’s an outrage, and it doesn’t have to be like this. Tell your congressperson to restore funding to NASA and keep humanity reaching outward to the stars. As the ad points out: “We don’t know what new discoveries lie ahead, but this is the very reason we must go.”