Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Blog

The purpose of this blog is to deliver recent news of space exploration. The reason I made this blog is because I feel that far too little attention is being paid to this stuff, and I thought I should help with awareness.

Here's a list of orbital launches by year, green is successful, red is unsuccessful, and blue is total:

As you can see, the numbers have been dwindling for decades until a recent rise, which means that the world is operating far below capability in terms of space exploration. Here's a graph of NASA's budget: It's been steady since the Apollo program, but the notable point here is that the budget in 2004 was a mere $15 billion. The budget is set to rise up to $20 billion (in 2010 dollars) by 2014, but that still makes NASA one of the smaller agencies of the US government. It's absolutely nothing compared the the country's unnecessary defense spending.
 Meanwhile the second largest space agency in the world, the European Space Agency (ESA), has a 2011 budget of $5.43 billion USD, and although it has grown significantly over the years, it's still small. My point is, if you live in a country with a space agency, ask your elected governments what their plan for space is. Pressure you government to raise spending for space exploration. 

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