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The Big Idea for Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throughout its history, NASA has been criticized -- often unfairly -- as a drain on public resources. Let's spend money "down here," the argument goes, not "up there."

And yet, closer examination shows that NASA not only pays for itself but also stimulates the economy through the creation of profitable products. Moreover, scientists such as Neil deGrasse Tyson have made the point loud and clear that NASA also provides intangible benefits, by putting the U.S. at the forefront of innovation. Fully funding NASA, Tyson argues, would inspire a generation of innovators.



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  2. 2 Our Moral Imperative to Explore
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  3. 3 What’s Another $20 Million?
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  4. 4 A-to-B Thinking Will Get Us Nowhere
    Neil deGrasse Tyson


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