"Why do we need to go to space?"
"Why are the benefits we can see from all the expense and effort?"
"Can't you do this research on the ground?"
These questions are becoming more and more prevalent in queries from the press to the astronauts in space.
It's no surprise since rumors have been circulating that the Obama administration will be making huge cuts in NASA. The Moon shot and Mars expeditions that President Bush announced publicly over a year ago are also in danger of being reduced, or scrubbed altogether.
A sad day indeed, when America can't afford to look beyond its borders and forge new futures for new generations, rather than borrowing from them.
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