Monday, September 14, 2009

John Kelly: NASA's budget not really that big

Florida Today

The American people spend $18 billion a year on space exploration. That's a lot of money.

It's not as much money as some people think. Whenever we engage the public on issues related to NASA policy or spending, there's a steady stream of complaints about waste. Some people sense space exploration is over-funded. Others note it's going to take NASA 15 years or more to repeat the moon landing completed in half that time in the 1960s.

To be sure, NASA spends a lot of money and no doubt wastes some of it. We've told you here about the boondoggle programs, cost overruns and vanishing government property. But that's the case with most big government agencies.

Read the full editorial HERE.

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