I get really sick of people with little or no knowledge about the space program saying it costs too much. Without the program we would not have pace makers, velcro, non stick cookwear, cell phones and small affordable computers. This doesn't even take into consideration improved weather prediction, or solving some of the mysteries of existance. Last year Americans spent 14 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures! The Hubble Telescope cost 9 billion. In 2012 Americans spent 20 billion on pet food! The entire NASA buget for 2012 was 18 billion! There is lots of pork in the budget we can cut. The space program is not one of them. So there.