Florida Today’s John Kelly warns that the U.S. space program is facing real political peril with the nation in a deep budget crisis at the same time NASA is entering what outsiders will see as a slack period for the agency. 

“The perception that not much is happening could be dangerous for the space agency if politicos shouting ‘$20 billion for what?’ get heard in a time when the rising cost of health care, taking care of our aging population, securing the nation and other priorities face financial pressures,” Kelly writes.

The solution, he says, is for NASA to gear up a public relations campaign to make sure the agency’s successes and progress are known and the American people understand what they are getting for their $18 billion space investment.

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