Recently, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called for NASA's budget to be increased to one penny for every federal tax dollar—in other words, to 1% of the federal budget, about double what it receives now. Currently, NASA receives about 18 billion dollars a year. In comparison, the US Air Force alone receives about 170 billion a year. I shouldn't have to tell you why this is so important—it might not be hyperbole to say that space travel is essential to mankind's survival. And while private companies are starting to explore space, NASA remains the foremost space exploration agency in the world. A movement called Penny4Nasa has started to end its funding problem. You can see a video about why NASA is so important here. I'd like to encourage you all to sign this petition (you'll have to register, but this is a cause that merits it) and visit this site for more information.