The U.S. space program has been a national treasure since the great space race in 1969. NASA gave the country inspiration and hope in a bleak and depressing time. However, funding for space exploration has taken a beating lately because of the disinterest and the more urgent problems of the downward spiral of the economy. However, with recent innovations and new ideas, if we were to supply scientists with the means to create and research, we could further our knowledge of the universe. Hopefully the funding of new space travel would give our country the encouragement and motivation to get out of the slump we are in today.
Our country is in a decline and most everyone knows it. When we think about the economy, bailouts for corporations, and just politics in general, people seem and tend to get depressed or annoyed. But a solution, however pricey, would be to put aside some money for a project that could and would raise the hope for the future. Creating new technology and inventions always boosts morale in humans when we know that we are working together to enlighten our minds and making our future more interesting.
Lately there have been private funds for research for the continuance of exploration of the universe. Certain donors give this money because they realize that to make things better for what lies ahead, funds need to be provided. Not many will work for free and equipment for the largest vessels known to man doesn’t come cheap.
Space exploration takes a long time to plan out. In the late 1950s the Soviets launched many satellites into space. We needed to get on board with the fact that the U.S. wanted to be the first to land on the moon. Many advisers began planning to factor in a budget within the government funds. It takes a long time to organize a trip into space, not to mention set up the correct gear, find the best men with training for the job, and analyze the environment of space so that there are no mistakes. For this reason, research and development need to happen now so that it doesn't take the U.S. as long as it did in the late '50s to finally get back up into space.