kernelpanic wrote:Eebster the Great wrote:Unfortunately, space travel is really, really expensive.
No it's not. NASA's budget is about 0.5% of the US federal budget. People spend more per year on things like lip balm, and way more on food that ultimately gets wasted.
I don't see how personal expenses are even remotely relevant.
0.5% of the budget is pretty large. In fact, it's $17.6 billion dollars. Compare that to the NSF, which costs just $6.87 billion, or the FDA which is just $2.8 billion. It is admittedly a little smaller than the NIH, but that's like saying Donald Trump isn't quite as rich as Bill Gates.
I'm not trying to argue that NASA funding should be cut, just that it is currently very expensive relative to other publicly funded scientific research.