Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why has America stopped reaching for the stars?
In the mid-’60s, 4 percent of tax revenue flowed to NASA. Today, that number is one-half of 1 percent. Space travel inspires us to dream about tomorrow, says Neil deGrasse Tyson. So why did we give up?
I study the universe for a living. I’ve served on two presidential commissions that studied space exploration, but at heart I’m an academic. Being an academic means I don’t wield power over person, place, or thing. I don’t command armies; I don’t lead labor unions. All I have is the power of thought.
And here’s my thought: As a nation, we need to keep reaching for the stars, to push back our boundaries and stake out new frontiers. Many will ask, “Why are we spending billions of dollars up there in space when we have pressing problems down here on Earth?”
Full essay at The Week.
Photo: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team
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