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Fraser
2012-May-01, 05:30 PM
The folks at NASA Goddard’s multimedia division have outdone themselves this time on a new video compilation which, really, shows how NASA dreams big science. Its asks the big questions of why we really explore and how important these explorations can be. It shows views of the Earth, the planets, the Sun, and the endless [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/94922/video-nasas-pursuit-of-light-and-big-science/)

publiusr
2012-May-05, 04:57 PM
It doesn't get cheaper.

The era of also-ran bomb-disposal robots atop Delta II sounding rockets needs to end so as to make way for grander missions.

KaiYeves
2012-May-06, 12:42 AM
The video is absolutely fantastic. My deepest thanks to whoever created it.

Van Rijn
2012-May-06, 06:00 AM
But I'm not impressed with the chart. The key reason why NASA is smaller as a percentage of the budget is because the total amount of money being spent on many other things has increased a lot. They should be looking at why the rest of the budget is increasing so much if they're going to make this kind of comparison. I don't buy that just because the total budget increases a lot that NASA's budget automatically should be increased a lot too.

A better (though admittedly not perfect) view would be to look at the budget in "constant" dollars (the issue there being how you calculate "constant" dollars). However, it's still helpful, and outside of the moon landing blip, NASA is still getting more money than most of its years:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budget_of_NASA