Discovery of new planet underscores lack of federal funding

By david csordas • october 19, 2017 • 6:25 a.m.

In the midst of all this discovery, one glaring uncertainty weighs on scientists’ mind: funding. Space exploration and discovery is a field everyone wants to get into, but no one wants to pay for. NASA has not independently launched manned missions in a number of years and private companies, such as SpaceX and Blue Origin, have stepped in to fill the void.

Year after year, NASA’s funding seems to be cut in an effort to balance the budget and, while this past years cut was not particularly damaging, only a $561 million decrease, it symbolizes how perception of NASA’s importance has fallen since its glory days in the 60s.