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Dear Space Advocate,

2016 was an exciting year with important space accomplishments, including Space X's successful landings of the Falcon 9, amazing images from planetary probes and our Mars rovers, and a somewhat greater NASA budget which advances key components for manned deep space exploration. A change in administration offers the opportunity for a new approach to space exploration which would take Americans to the Moon and Mars sooner than in current plans.

Let's help make 2017 the year that President Trump is given the necessary public support for favorable space policies.

Here's how: Save Manned Space's non-partisan educational campaign will educate the new president and his advisors on the immense benefits of remaining the leader in space exploration, and why we must go to the Moon and Mars.

Please donate now to help our educational outreach and lobbying projects on the space program.

Allowing opponents of the space program in the media and politics to set the agenda could result in a lack of support in the administration. Strong public support for space can help pave the way for a bold new space program.

The stakes are too high to slow-roll our space program, and allow China and Russia to lead the new and very real space race. We can--and must--go to the Moon in the early 2020s, learn how to safely live on another world, and go to Mars in the early--not late 2030s.

Many people, much less politicians, do not understand that the space program returns far more to the economy in new inventions ('spinoffs') than the investment. And that's not counting the job creation, advances in science, inspiration for students to go into STEM careers, and even greater international respect.

Step one for the new president should be to cancel the nearly-useless Asteroid Redirect Mission, and replace it with the exciting "Apollo 8 for Mars," the 2021 Mars-Venus flyby, which can be accomplished with hardware already being built and tested--including the mission habitat which NASA will complete in 2018. This should be enacted in early 2017, while the new president formulates the long-range national space strategy which will in fact make NASA's "Journey to Mars" a reality, not just a slogan and hashtag.

Please donate now to help Save Manned Space educate the new president, lobby Congress and conduct educational projects for a bold new space program to take us to the Moon and Mars! Donations are not tax deductible.

Thank you very much for your support.

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