Bill Nye’s Open Letter to President Obama

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Dec. 8 2013 8:00 AM

“Planetary Science Deserves Special Attention Because It Is Special”

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While Congress has tried to restore NASA planetary funding, the White House has tried to brutally cut it.

Photo by The Planetary Society, from the video

You may know Bill Nye as the Science Guy, but he’s also a passionate supporter of scientific research and CEO of The Planetary Society, a phenomenal group that advocates for planetary exploration.

For the past couple of years, NASA’s budget for planetary mission has been on a bizzare roller coaster of cuts, restoration, political wrangling, and outright byzantine manipulation (see “Related Posts” below for details). In the end, the lion’s share of cuts to planetary exploration have come from the White House.

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Nye took to YouTube to record an open letter to President Obama, asking him to restore America’s role as a global leader of science, specifically solar system science.

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

As usual, Nye is eloquent and persuasive. The Planetary Society has a page set up to help you contribute to the campaign, either financially or through getting the White House (and other political leaders) to hear your voice. Please go and make yourself heard.

I wholeheartedly (and perhaps more importantly, whole-brainedly) agree with what Nye said:

“Supporting a robust space program raises everyone’s expectations of what’s possible… it’s inherently optimistic. It’s part of our national character.”

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