Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Submission + - Support for NASA spending depends on perception of size of space agency budget ( 2

MarkWhittington writes: Alan Steinberg, a post doctorate fellow in political science at Sam Houston State University, conducted a study surrounding the vexing problem of how to motivate more people to support increased levels of funding for NASA. In an October 14, 2013 piece in The Space Review, Steinberg announced the results of a study conducted with a group of college students.

Steinberg’s approach was based on the findings of a study by Roger Launius conducted in the late 1990s that suggested that the American public believe that NASA spending takes up about 20 percent of the federal budget. It has in fact never exceeded four percent, which it enjoyed at the height of the Apollo program, and is currently about.5 percent. Steinberg was testing a notion advanced by Neil deGrasse Tyson that if people knew the true size of NASA’s budget they would be more likely to support increasing it.

This discussion was created for logged-in users only, but now has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Support for NASA spending depends on perception of size of space agency budget

Comments Filter:

It is now pitch dark. If you proceed, you will likely fall into a pit.