One Month Of Military Spending During Peacetime Is More Than NASA’s Entire Annual Budget

One Month Of Military Spending During Peacetime Is More Than NASA’s Entire Annual Budget

Celebrity Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (THERE’S A CONCEPT) took to Twitter today to simultaneously lament NASA’s imminent hibernation and drop knowledge on us all. Here are some of the better tidbits from his rant:

“The US military spends as much in 23 days as NASA spends in a year – and that’s when we’re not fighting a war.”

“If Earth were size of a school-room globe, you’d find Shuttle and Space Station orbiting 3/8th of an inch above its surface.”

“If Earth were the size of a school-room globe, the Moon would be 30-ft away. Mars, more than a mile away.”

“FYI: Commercial Space Flight will not advance the space frontier, but enable cheaper access to where we’ve already been.”

The entire half-century budget of NASA equals the current two year budget of the US military.

And with that all said, I think I’ll go sit in a dark corner and be real, real sad about the fact that I probably won’t see any space breakthroughs in my lifetime. [Twitter]