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How much would you pay for the universe?

April 12, 2010

Neil deGrasse Tyson on NASA, and its effects on the dreams of a nation.

Nobody's dreaming about tomorrow anymore. NASA knows how to dream about tomorrow. If the funding can accommodate it, the funding can empower it, the funding can enable it. Yeah you need good teachers, no doubt about it, but the teachers come and go cause I go to the next grade. Teachers can help light a flame but I need something to keep the flame fanned. It's about the effect of NASA on who and what we are as a nation.

What we have been as a nation, perhaps for a while there, we took it for granted. I see the most powerful particle accelerator in some other country. The fastest trains are built by Germany and are running in China right now. I see our infrastructure collapsing. No one dreaming about tomorrow and everyone thinks they can put a bandaid on one problem or another.

The most powerful agency on the dreams of a nation is currently underfunded to do what it needs to be doing and that's making dreams come true. And at a half-a-penny on the dollar... How much would you pay for the universe?