Congress has cut funding to NASA twice.. not allowing them to have a manned mission to mars. JFK set an impossible goal for NASA to go to the moon, which led us to scramble and work our asses of to make this mission happen. We proved to the world that we lead the space industry. We inspired thousands of scientists for generations. We need congress to be with NASA fully. How will it look when China or Russia go to Mars first? We need to prove that our technology is the best and lead the world in space exploration once again.