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Published: Friday, May 11 2012 2:27 p.m. MDT

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Capsaicin
Salt Lake City, UT

Until the nation has its debt problem worked out, any talk of space is a fools errand.
We are headed for a financial cliff of epic proportions. Let's talk about shoring up our books first before we talk about spending billions on new launch vehicles.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

Capsaicin,

I strongly disagree with you.

All of NASA spending, everything it does, which is vastly more than human space flight, accounts for 0.6% of federal spending. Eliminating NASA in its entirety would have pretty much no effect whatsoever on the deficit, while taking us even farther behind other nations in terms of technological, scientific and economic competitiveness.

If we're going to come to terms with federal debt it will have to involve a strong dose of economic growth, and NASA-inspired R&D is a major driving force for economic growth and national competitiveness.

I think we'd be wise as a nation to increase NASA's budget to 0.8% of federal spending and pursue an aggressive program of space exploration, just because it would create such a profound and badly needed kick in the pants to the national economy and the national spirit, to say nothing of the significant scientific advances such an investment would produce.

You could fund that boost to NASA through a trivial reduction in DoD spending.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Those on the right have again managed to cloud the truth.

The TRUTH is that NASA funding has ONLY been higher in 2010 and 2011.

Some of you make it sound as if the NASA budget has been gutted.

It is currently higher than 2008 levels and expected to remain so.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Capsaicin, if it wasn't for the space program, you wouldn't be enjoying many of the comforts of life that you enjoy today. Or the food storage options. Your cell phone, wrist watch, flat screen TV, CD's, DVD's, notebook computer, personal computer, microwave, LED lighting, Blue Ray, Ipod, MP3 player, Satellite car radio, HD, cable TV, satellite TV, computer in your car, navigation system, hand held GPS, encription systems, and so forth. All this technology we take for granted had it's genesis in the space program of the United States. Yes we need to get our financial house in order, but not at the expense of innovation and technoligcal advancement.

DVD
Taylorsville, 00

Much of what I was going to say about the contributions of NASA to our civilization and daily life has been said.

A man in a cave, restricted eating only roots and rodents in order to save money may have his budget in order, but his quality of life is somewhat diminished if that's all he focuses on.

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