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03-19-2012, 02:07 PM
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Why? Because NASA has a fraction of the budget now compared to what they had when the Apollo missions were ongoing, and are being asked to do more with less every day. To give you an idea, during the height of the race to the moon, NASA's budget was 4.41% of the federal budget. At this moment, it's 0.48%: less than half a penny on the dollar.

However, with that 0.48%, NASA is currently working on new projects such as the James Webb Space Telescope (Hubble's eventual replacement) and receiving/interpreting data from a slew of other projects such as:

Landsat 5 and 7
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Opportunity (Mars rover)
Mars Science Laboratory (currently en route)
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Spitzer
Cassini
Dawn
New Horizons
Messenger
SOHO
Stereo
Solar Dynamics Observatory
Chandra
WMAP
GLAST
Rosetta
Planck
CloudSat
Mars Express
Herschel

and many, many more, including a host of earth observation satellites. They're stretched thin and have had their budget cut almost systematically since the end of the cold war, despite having nearly unanimous public support in the goals and objectives set forth.

So if you have a problem with NASA not expanding the human frontier, talk to your representatives.

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