The new Congress is to be applauded for working to reduce the budget; but we must let it be known that space exploration is a national priority, and must not be put on the chopping block.
Continuing to lead the world in space exploration must be America's future in so many ways; it will revitalize American high tech industry at a time when the rest of the world is moving into the vacuum we have created by inaction. America's path to the Moon created a great many high tech jobs--just what we need now to power out of the recession. So manyproducts we take for granted today had their origins in the Apollo program; a new committment to reach the Moon, Mars and an asteroid could result in new discoveries in clean energy, medical breakthroughs, cheaper access to space, and much, much more.
Action item: Call, visit and write your members of Congress and ask that they do increase NASA's budget rather than cut it; and to treat space exploration as a national priority. There are plenty of programs and pork which can be cut to make up the difference; we must not cut off our future prosperity to achieve immediate budget goals. Additional actions can include writing letters to the editor and op-eds, as well as calling talk shows. Companies in the space field should be in close contact with Congress as the budget process evolves.
Let's save the space program!