Let’s speak about this one more time because, now that the new Federal budget is coming up, we need to. The government should, must, dedicate a lot more money to NASA. And there’s no way around it.
It must support NASA because—unlike the shortsighted imbeciles who think NASA is all about flying rockets and cocky astronauts—the science and engineering being developed at Goddard, JPL, Dryden, Ames, JSC, Langley, Glenn, KSC, Marshall, Stennis, Wallops and the hundreds of associated research centers and universities that operate under its umbrella pushes humanity forward in a dramatic way. And at every possible level, on a daily basis.
Even if you don’t notice it or think about it day to day, it’s all there, permeating your life, helping you, making things better.
In other words, it won’t make sense any more to pay Chinese factory workers to make 100 million duplicates of the same product. Better to pay American designers to make 10,000 different products specially tailored to individual customers — in the exact size and style they want to buy. Products they can receive in the mail, or print out at Home Depot, FedEx Office, Wal-Mart, or whichever retailers are smart enough to embrace this technology first.