Budgets are tight and the economy is fragile. Spending money on NASA might seem frivolous. It isn't. Exploring the cosmos, learning more about what the universe is made of, and expanding the reach of human hands is essential to the eventual survival of us. Further, a GREAT deal of what NASA does is focus on us here on earth - from studying climate change, to solar flares, and more, NASA is an integral part of scientific monitoring and research. Plus, astronaut ice cream!