The Science Guy Wants Money For Space Exploration

The Planetary Science Program is facing steep budget cuts in 2014

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Mr. President, you have been officially called out by Bill Nye, “The Science Guy.”

In a video appeal to President Barack Obama released Thursday through The Planetary Society, Nye decries the steep budget cuts that may be in store for NASA in general, and the Planetary Science Program in particular. Nye’s impassioned plea describes the potential scientific discoveries have to change the course of human history.

“The space program, NASA, is the best brand the United States has,” Nye says. “Right now what NASA does best is explore the solar system through the Planetary Science Program.”

The White House’s proposed budget for 2014 includes millions of dollars in cuts to the NASA budget, but the Planetary Science Program gets a particularly close shave, its budget trimmed from $1.5 billion to $1.2 billion. The Science Guy is not pleased — Nye calls for the Planetary Science Program budget to be held steady at $1.5 billion.

6 comments
alwys
alwys

Bill Nye wants more funding to explore Uranus,..and his too.

AndrewK777
AndrewK777

With all due respect, forget Mars, Bill. National Institutes of Health took a 14% haircut due to sequestration. Let's work on curing horrible diseases on this planet before we go urinating our dollars into outer space.

BorisIII
BorisIII

Isn't the only reason for looking for life on mars is to say to the religious right, I told you so.  Most people agree there is life in the universe.  Its just to far away to find in the year 2013.

DavidHollenshead
DavidHollenshead

Andrew

Actually NASA's research helps solve our problems on earth, as understanding other planets helps us understand our own. Likewise if we only studied human biology, but no other animals, we would know less about our medical conditions.

So if you want to cut wasteful spending cancel the Striker and other military junk that our armed forces don't want, because they kill our servicemen and women.

AndrewK777
AndrewK777

Most people agree that there exists a probability of life existing elsewhere. That is not the same thing as believing it DOES exist somewhere else. In reality, we don't have enough of a sample size to accurately predict that probability.

steelgoat67
steelgoat67

@AndrewKamadulski

Yet, predictions have been made of the kind of environments in our own interplanetary backyard as to where we might find life (and that's not just Mars). We're just at the point where we should be checking it out to see how accurate those predictions are, and to what extent.