NASA’s funding has been on a downward spiral since 1966. Today, funding is the lowest priority it has been for nearly all of NASA’s existence. As America moves towards a greener future, it’s time to give NASA priority again.
Our plan begins at the current budget figure for FY2014. Each year, NASA will receive an 8% boost to its total funding (As shown below). This will last ten years until it has reached $38.11 Billion budget. Over the course of ten years NASA’s budget will have grown by $20.46 Billion
By limiting the increase to 8%, the issue of wasteful spending is eliminated. Rather than greatly increasing their budget immediately, piecing the funding out over ten years will ensure the funds go to the projects that need it. The annual 8% will improve funding to current projects, and allow future projects to take form.
How do we plan on achieving this?
ScienceGrowsJobs.com began as a simple bulletin board for NASA Spinoffs. Over the past two years, it has grown into so much more. SGJ is educating Americans about everything NASA does for our country. We are beginning to obtain support from voters, media, Representatives, and was even featured on NASA Spinoff!
All of this was achieved without funding. Imagine what we could do with funding.
Once we have the money and manpower to present our cause to the public, we will be visiting colleges around America to hand out information and give presentations. Gaining the support of college students covers many of our preliminary goals. In the era of social media, young adults have been able to control what becomes popular on the web. If we can spark the interest of students, the country will surely follow. Lately, science has been a huge influence on students. With icons like Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson igniting America’s curiosity, science, engineering, and exploration have seen a big jump in interest. Now is the perfect opportunity to give people the means to make a difference.
When it comes to politics, numbers rule all. For two years we have been collecting information on NASA, and have generated some interesting data. Below you can see how the Nations investment in space has paid dividends by creating NASA technologies now at work in diverse commercial sectors.
Total Jobs Created- 18,000
Lives Saved- 444,000
Costs Reduced- $4.9 Billion
Revenue Generated- $5.1 Billion
(Source: Spinoff 2013)
NASA happens to be one of the biggest well-paying job creators this country has to offer. In 2002, the aerospace industry accounted for $95 billion of economic activity in the United States, including $23.5 billion in employee earnings dispersed among some 576,000 employees.
The Chapman Research report, which examined 259 non-space applications of NASA technology during an eight-year period (1976–1984) and found more than:
— $21.6 billion in sales and benefits;
— 352,000 (mostly skilled) jobs created or saved,and;
— $355 million in federal corporate income taxes
According to the “Nature” article, these 259 applications represent “. . .only 1% of an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 Space program spin-offs.“
This information clearly states the massive benefit NASA provides for us. So why has funding been so low?
At the peak of its existence in 1966, NASA’s budget was a dazzling $28 Billion. If you convert that dollar amount into today’s currency values, you would get $38.11 Billion. Allowing NASA an 8% annual increase funding would provide countless benefits, such as increased employment rates, greener technology, advanced space exploration, and a much-needed boost to our economy. Every year, Representative Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) releases a report outlining the billions of dollars wasted by the US Government. In 2013, Representative Coburn released data that’s shows over $30 Billion wasted by our Government. According to our plan, NASA would need less than 10% of that figure to achieve optimal funding. The money is out there, we just need to find the support.
It’s time to invest in something smart. It’s time to invest in our future.