6-Year-Old Petitions For NASA Funding
Like any six-year-old, Connor Johnson of Denver, Colorado dreams of being an astronaut. But unlike his peers, he's already trying to make sure it happens. Johnson has written a petition to the White House to increase funding for NASA, "So that children can dream of exploring the universe."
The petition, which you can find here, has already collected over 4000 signatures since its creation on November 29. With a goal of 100,000 signatures by December 29, it has a long ways to go, but if there's one thing the Internet loves, it's a kid with a dream. Remember Batkid?
Science funding has struggled to compete with other interests clamoring for government resources. The government shutdown of 2013 was a huge setback for many experiments, not to mention careers, that came to a sudden halt. And in more recent news, US students still fall far behind other countries in math and science tests.
But beating China isn't the spirit of this petition. As Connor writes, science deserves funding for its own sake. Simply put, NASA needs money "So we can discover new worlds, protect us from danger and make dreams come true." We can get on board with that.