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Unformatted text preview: Largent 1 Michael Largent Mr. Boyt Advanced Writing 3 November 2008 To the Moon and Beyond T-minus Five…Four…Three…Two…One…Houston, we have no money! As the years go by, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) struggles more and more to receive funding from the United States government. While the U.S. is fighting two wars in the Middle East and the economy is grinding deeper and deeper in a recession, space and aeronautical exploration may seem less and less important to our country. Although NASA had successful missions during the Apollo Flights, recent failures within the shuttle missions has portrayed NASA to be more dangerous and unreliable than a beneficial agency to the United States. However, NASA is currently undergoing major changes that could end up allowing NASA to become a more safe and reliable organization with government help. Therefore, NASA can once again become a valuable agency to the United States with more funding from the government. Currently, the main focus of the government’s budget is to fund the War in Iraq, War in Afghanistan, and the failing economy. In 2008, the United States is expected to spend approximately $193 billion on these wars alone. In addition, the Joint Economic Committee has projected that the U.S. government could end up spending $3.5 trillion in Afghanistan and Iraq by 2017, roughly making each U.S. citizen pay $830 per year. Also, the cost of crude oil has increased since invading Iraq in 2003 (Teslik par. 5-11). The economy has also contributed to a large portion in the government’s recent spending. Recently, to keep the U.S. economy out of a Largent 2 recession, the government spent $700 billion on a bailout package to buy out the failed mortgage loans given out by mortgage companies. With the large amount of money spent on the troops and the economy, there is very little funding left for NASA. To further understand NASA’s importance to earth, however, an overview of their history must be observed. NASA was first establish...
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