For 2018, the budget for NASA will be $19.1 billion. This is a 0.8 percent decrease from the current funding levels, however; it is also a 4.4 percent increase over former President Obama’s 2017 budget request of 18.3 billion.
As citizens of planet Earth, most people find themselves thinking about the current state of the Earth and outer space at least once in their lifetime. Many different opinions have been formed about the exploration of the ocean vs. the exploration of space. Many argue that exploring the ocean could provide valuable resources for medicine or natural resources, or other argue that exploring space could give us a new frontier to colonize a new planet; however that is not the topic today.
As great and cool as it is to have discovered various planets and constellations throughout our solar system, Earth needs attention too.
Or to be even more specific--the people living on it.
Currently, America is in $20,493,324,536,905 worth of debt. That’s a lot, and something we possibly can’t pay off.
Paying even more attention to detail, that's $63,017 worth of debt per citizen. And currently, it is estimated that there are 327,063,124 citizens inside of the US.
Yes, we may discover planets that could be perfectly habitable for the human race and we could end up colonizing it, and yes--it may be better than Earth. However, that is a huge risk. The idea that humans could colonize another planet is no doubt an astonishing thought and would perhaps solve a million issues, but how are we supposed to start over when there's a lot of fixing to be down here on Earth?
The truth is, the human race is flawed, and we can't just expect to pack up and try and colonize a new planet everytime something goes wrong.
While exploring space sounds all fun and good, there are very real problems down here on Earth that need fixing. We can't even begin to think about colonizing another planet when we don’t put more time or effort into helping the one were in.
One issue that is very prominent is America’s school systems, and lack of quality schools. Or perhaps we can look at another important issue, like hunger.
Education is especially important to our economy; we want the students in school to grow up and become a working, healthy individual who can contribute to our economy. How are we going to do that if we don’t have enough funding for schools?
Or perhaps take the hunger issue, which is just as, or even more important, than the school issue. Many working class Americans have trouble feeding their families, and if the working class individuals are having problems with that, then there’s a lot of imagination that could be said to what's happening to those who have become subject to being homeless and citizens who aren’t able to work.
Even if our huge investment pays off and we discover a place to colonize,there’s always the chance that human civilization just can’t adapt to the new planets, or ‘living spaces’
Of course, an argument can be made about the school system and the food issue, which is something that can be agreed upon.School systems may never get better, they might only get worse, and as for the food issue, there may just not be enough natural resources to feed everyone. There is no guarantee that doing either will result in good things for the human race.
If we do change things, then maybe the school system will start getting worse or the food issue can never be solved, but it’s a better risk than trying to start over on an almost unreliable planet.
All in all, NASA’s budget would do more good if it was reduced and used towards the things going on here at Earth, such as the ever-growing issues that seem to keep popping up. These issues are very real and sort of terrifying.
But we need to take those first steps towards trying to make America a better place. Because no one else is going to do it for us.