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Investing in our future

I was asked to repost this Facebook status as a blog post, so that others could share it.

When someone asks what good the space program ever did, I have to point out: The sky is blue and the sun is shining, yet we know that a potentially devastating hurricane is coming due to weather satellites. Thousands of lives are being saved because we spent less than 0.5% of our national budget on space exploration and research.

The benefits of scientific research aren't always obvious. Ben Franklin flew a kite in a storm... and so we had electric power 150 years later.

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shades_of_nyx
Aug. 26th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
This scientist and space exploration enthusiast agrees.
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