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Bill Nye's Open Letter to President Barack Obama

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Earlier this year, the White House proposed cutting over $200 million from NASA's Planetary Science program. That means no mission to Europa, no mission to retrieve samples from Mars, and very little of anything else. Less science. Less discovery.

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K.-Michael Aye: 12/05/2013 11:16 CST

Bringing the funding back to 1.5 billion would enable us to keep the Research and Analysis program strong, which achieves many things! 1. It increases the output of past and current missions by analysing the returned data. This increases the 'bang for the buck' value of these investments. 2. The results of Research and Analysis work guides the definitions of science goals and helps finding the most interesting places to go in the Solar System. This in turn again increases the return value of any future missions.

Hani: 12/05/2013 11:25 CST

Bill, Thank you for that excellent and eloquent letter to our wonderful President (we love love love you Mr. Obama!). I for one can't think of a better use of our hard earned tax dollars. My idea of a better world is one where the US Military budget and NASA budget were switched around. Where we spend enormously on the future of humanity and meagerly on technology designed to harm us. I'm not sure how many others like me are out there, however for the sake of all life on our precious planet Earth, I truly hope we are fast becoming the majority.

crusty: 12/06/2013 12:20 CST

Hi Bill, As a space research enthusiast from the UK, thank you sincerely for your active support and appeal for continued and adequate funding for NASA'S planetary program - work that is truly inspirational. I only wish our own government could make a greater, far sighted, commitment to space research and planetary science in particular. Thanks again. John Pye (retired engineer).

Katie Gerot: 12/06/2013 10:54 CST

Mr. Nye, When I was younger, and still today, I would watch your Bill Nye the Science Guy shows nonstop until I watched them all. Recently, I have also seen you on Dancing with the Stars. But around a year and a half or so ago, I found the planetary society (you really do do everything!) I felt like I wanted to make a difference without my age interfering. So, at 12, I I emailed Senator Mike Johanns about the budget cuts. Now at almost thirteen, I am still trying to stay active in the planetary community. I feel that the Planetary Society is special in a way that most people either totally understand or don't care a bit about it. There are many questions who's answers need to be unlocked, places to explore, habitable places to find. If you think about it, we have around 14,000 some years before we run out of essential non-renewable resources like coal, oil, and petroleum. We need another stable source for humanity. This may sound like such a long ways away, but if we don't start working now, when can we? In 2nd grade to around 5th grade, I wanted to be an astronaut. Then, I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer, genetical engineer, then now, for more than five years I have wanted to be an astronautical Engineer. My dream school is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Then, I'm shooting for Midwestern. I don't know if those are realistic, but I have a genuine interest in the unknown. I am getting my friends together, and they are getting their friends together, and so on. Then, we will send an email to each of Nebraska's Senators. I hope they get the message! Future Astronautical Engineer and MIT graduate Katie Gerot

kamiokande54: 12/07/2013 09:25 CST

well, we fight for that mony, as yuo see we do not have that technology, so we do not have to delay all those programs; it is a very god orizont for young people. science is real.

Dr.Mukund Kurtadikar: 12/09/2013 12:55 CST

Mr. Bill Nye, Though I am not an US Tax Payer and a person deciding the US budgetary allocations, I , as a Teacher and Researcher appreciate your attempts to insist on the adequate funding for space exploration, in your open letter to the US President. US being the natural world leader for Space Exploration , it goes without saying, that US should also see that the programmes of Space Exploration are not hampered for want of inadequate funding for NASA's Planetary Programme. Best regards. Mukund L. Kurtadikar India

william Dekking: 12/11/2013 08:54 CST

Without science exploration we stand for nothing it's a brighter world for the scientists and future scientists. We can lead again in the realm of science and space exploration. Please consider funding Planetary science. Thank you

Patricia Connor: 12/23/2013 02:42 CST

We need to find new resources to stop the greenhouse effect. Many have been found in microbes. I hope through planetary exploration, We can view our fragile planet from afar, to see how we can make it a safer place for everyone

Herbert Larson: 12/29/2013 08:51 CST

The continuing of planetary science work is a necessary part of finding out how and when our solar system was created. Then as with all projects who knows what fantastic discoveries can be found.

Roger Grace: 02/08/2014 07:12 CST

The people of science and of reason MUST UNITE and make sure planetary science continues FULL SPEED AHEAD. Those of us who actually use our minds must overcome the hurdles we face constructed by those who allow politicians and theologians to control their minds. Let's stand together. We THINK therefore we ARE!

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