The Mission

What

We are calling for the Obama administration and the US Congress to increase NASA’s funding from its current level of 0.48% to a whole 1% of the US annual budget. NASA contributes massive amounts of technological, economical and inspirational power to our nation, and we want to see that they are funded to continue doing just that! If you crunch the numbers, you will find that 2012 is the 2nd lowest year of NASA funding by percentage of the US budget since 1958 and 1959, their founding years. When looked at in a constant 2007 dollar value, the 2012 funding comes in at about 23rd place out of the almost 55 year history of the agency. Coincidentally, 23rd place is also the United States’ world position in Science test scores!

Here is a graphical representation of NASA’s budget since their founding in 1958

How

Penny4NASA.org serves as the central hub of this community driven movement. To succeed in increasing NASA’s budget, there are a few key attributes that we must maintain. A high number of supporters which can be contacted quickly to act as one voice at the same time; A public presence that consistently reminds the administration and Congress that we want our society to support NASA funding at a higher level, concurrent with the agency’s economical, technological and inspirational excellence; And perhaps most importantly, by consistently and in large numbers, contacting members of congress to tell them what we want. We are the constituents that they count upon for votes, and if we make it clear that this is what we want, they cannot ignore us, unless they are looking for another job.

Why

NASA contributes to society in massively huge ways in terms of technological, economical, and inspirational progress. The progress that we have seen in the last 40 years comes largely from the world’s extremely talented scientists and engineers. Now, talk to most any scientist and/or engineer of the last 40 years, and we are willing to bet that they were drawn into their chosen field by something NASA related. And more often than not, they refer to the Apollo, Gemini and/or Space Shuttle program where humans were physically advancing a frontier. It’s the human spirit of exploration that drives the world’s greatest technologists to invent the future, today. We want to see to it that the US annual budget allocation for NASA reflects that hugely important role technology, economy, and inspiration bringer.

When

Our goal is to see NASA’s budget increase of at least 1% of the US annual budget reflected in the President’s FY2014 budget proposal, which is usually released by mid-February. After that, we are going to push to have the US Congress support this proposed increase in NASA’s budget by calling on our massive community of citizens who have already joined the movement at that time.