US Spends More on Pizza Than on Space Missions

US Spends More on Pizza Than on Space Missions

Friday, 04 May 2012, 06:07 Hrs   |    2 Comments
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Kolkata: With the US government cutting the budget for space missions, former NASA astronaut Marsha S. Ivins Thursday said her country loved to spend more on pizza than on space exploration.

"Decisions on space programmes are political. It is on the party which is in power to decide on the budget of space missions -- whether to send out space missions or not," said Ivins, who has been on five space missions.

The 61-year-old was here to interact with students.

"We don't spend a lot of money on space programmes. In US, we spend more on pizzas every year than on our entire space programme. The amount may sound large but if you compare it to the spending in other sectors, it is relatively small," she said.

Ivins said future space missions should be aimed at the moon because it takes three days to go there and it was easier to reach Mars from the moon.

Source: IANS
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Reader's comments(2)
1: That's a dumb comparison, the US govt doesn't spend taxpayer money on pizza, it's the 320 Million Americans who spend it on their own. While space exploration has great value, having worked in NASA, I also know the wastage involved. So it's about time they started the new era of private space exploration and make economic sense too.
Posted by:American - 04 May, 2012
I agree, but I don't fault SiliconIndia for reporting some one's opinion!

It is hard to justify increasing budgets for space programs these days under a challenging economic climate. Investments have to show a significant percentage of returns in the short and long runs while some expense for pure research and development including exploration is justified.
MP Divakar Replied to: American - 04 May, 2012