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.