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Rep. Chu on Promoting Space Exploration & NASA -- Facebook Q&A

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Published on Aug 27, 2012

Rep. Judy Chu responds to a question from her Facebook open forum on how she's fighting for a strong space program. Click "Subscribe" at the top to stay updated on new videos from Rep. Chu.

Original question from Carlos Aguirre: America's future in space is in decline. The U.S. Military budget almost exceeds $1 trillion (Not including war costs), while NASA's budget is $17 billion. Every time there is a debate on capitol hill about spending, when it comes to funding undeclared wars & the U.S. Military, somehow we have the money, but when it comes to funding NASA, every politician comes out and says we have no money. NASA as best as I can judge, is the economic engine of America. When a nation allows itself to dream, to outline a dream to explore the unknown, it creates jobs, not just in the Gov't sector, but more in the private sector. NASA is the biggest customer to the private sector, so funding them at higher levels, outlining a dream, would mean NASA would buy more parts from private companies, so they begin to employ millions. And, we must note, those jobs will never go overseas, they will stay here in America, because no other nation has the technology that America has. At the same time, we are advancing a space frontier, kids are looking into the adventures astronauts hold, and it inspires them to go to school, and to eventually go to college to learn science or engineering, so they can eventually work for NASA. It's a cycle, and it's planting seeds of economic growth. Now my question is, why hasn't the president or Congress done it?

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