Exploration is a crucial part of America. Manifest Destiny once took control of America. Lewis and Clark’s lionized journey is a story every elementary school student could recount. Then the Space Race held American eyes captive, cementing our country as the nation of exploration. So why stop??? Recently, funding for NASA has slowed and American hopes of exploration are decaying. Some say that NASA shouldn’t get funding because they don’t do anything. That’s like telling someone to open a lemonade stand, not giving them any lemons, and then being upset that they haven’t sold any lemonade. Research and development from NASA has given the world scratch resistant glass, memory foam, cordless tools, Google Earth mapping, breast cancer detection technology, high capacity batteries, even the soft sole in your running shoes. All of these things were developed from or based on NASA projects. Funding NASA isn’t just funding space exploration, it’s funding innovation itself. Innovation and iteration aside, the money is what matters. Currently, the military budget has over 35 times the amount of money NASA has. Surely NASA could get some money from the government department that annually wastes over 100 billion dollars. Maybe taxpayers don’t want to see their hard earned money go to space exploration. Maybe you hate the fact that 10 whole dollars of your taxes goes towards NASA. Let’s face it, while life on Earth is sensational, we all know the Earth is a finite resource. Especially noting the lack of effort we have made to protect the environment, space exploration will inevitably be our only hope of survival. We must not let short term problems distract us from our long term goals. Colonizing other planets aside, allocating funds to NASA will inspire the next generation to join STEM fields, show the world we are working toward the betterment of the human race, and allow us to participate in the human tradition of exploration. So why should we fund NASA? For Science.