In the last budget bill dealing with Fiscal Year 2012, Congress mandated that the National Research Council conduct an independent study on NASA’s strategic direction. The goal of this endeavor is to “recommend how NASA could establish and effectively communicate a common unifying vision for NASA’s strategic direction that encompasses NASA’s varied missions.” They are taking recommendations from experts in various fields related to what NASA does. They are also asking for thoughts and recommendations from the general public. Now is your chance to put in your two cents on what NASA should be doing, directly to the federal government (to Congress by way of the National Research Council, that is)! Should we put humans on Mars? Should NASA’s budget be increased to one penny on the federal dollar? Now is your chance to say something. However, you don’t have long. August 17th is the LAST DAY to participate in this mandated study. Today is August 17th!
The questionnaire is divided up into 8 questions. Be warned: even though it is only 8 questions, it will take a few minutes to complete this form. If you care about NASA, about its effect on the United States and humanity, and you want to see the NASA budget doubled so that we can do things like put humans on Mars, then go fill it out.
This independent study is currently underway. The Statement of Task for the study can be found here. Past answers to the 8 questions can be found here and is worth a read before you fill in your answers. The questionnaire itself can be found RIGHT HERE.