Government Funding for NASA

An Astronomical Economic Benefit

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958

  • Is it the governments responsibility to fund NASA?

  • NASA is a government service that is focused on helping society progress both economically and socially.
  • NASA “is a government program.”
  • NASA "[requires] that adequate provision be…sponsored by the United States” government.
  • The United States “Congress stated that activities in [and out of] space should be devoted to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind.”
  • These benefits are not possible without government funding.


  • Wouldn't this pose higher tax rates?

Government Funding Allows NASA to be a Substantial Source of Employment

Government Funding Allows NASA to Progresses Science, Technology, and Engineering

  • Many of these technologies maintain and improve health.

  • Health advancements include technology that aids the circulatory and muscular systems.
  • Treatments or cures for diseases, such as "Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis."
  • Biomedical engineering of tissues.
  • Prosthetic limbs.


  • Other technologies maintain and improve safety and transportation.
  • Vehicle, road, and aviation safety.
  • Fire safety.
  • Increased safety in the armed forces.


  • NASA's engineering advancement's benefit society's relationship with nature and the environment.
  • Eco-friendly technologies.
  • Solar powered technology and agricultural technology.
  • Pollution monitoring and cleaning systems.
  • Water cleaning devices.


  • Technologies that monitor greenhouse gases and climate change.
  • Weather monitoring systems decrease annual costs of weather damage.



Government Funding will Ensure NASA's Future Asteroid Mining Operations

Adequate government funding for NASA will allow NASA to mine asteroids for
  • metals
  • and natural resources
in the future.



  • This will add to the United States' financial wealth and expand the amount of attainable natural resources on the Earth.

  • Discovery of rare metals on asteroids will "add trillions to the [national] economy."
  • While most metals have been discovered an used on the Earth, they are untouched on asteroids.
  • These metals include platinum, iron, and titanium.
  • Metal extraction will cost $1 billion for every 5 pounds removed, but some asteroids could profit nearly $20 trillion each for the US economy.



Adequate government funding for NASA will also allow NASA to mine asteroids for natural resources, such as



  • water
  • and hydrocarbons
in the future.



  • Many natural resources are diminishing, such as groundwater and fossil fuels.

  • The mining of asteroids is economically friendly.
  • These mining operations will not be possible without government funding.

Government Funding will Permit NASA's Future Space Exploration Programs to Discover Possibly Habitable Planets

World Population: 7 billion people and growing


With this increasing population, the

  • number of natural resources
  • and the amount of habitable space on the Earth
is not sufficient.


Potentially habitable surfaces include

  • Mars
  • and Jupiter's Moon, Europa.


Other planets in their respective stars' habitable zones have been discovered, including

  • Kepler-186f.


  • Counter arguments claim that these planets are too far away to reach even in the future.
  • However, this will be more probable in the future when more resources and living areas are needed.


NASA's space exploration programs can only perform these missions to find new planets with enough government funding.