So, what the heck is NASA good for anyway?

“Why do we need a space program? We got problems on Earth we need to worry about.”

Thus is the most repeated, and probably most uninformed, statement against having a government-funded space program goes — a program that takes 0.5 percent of the U.S. budget. But with that 0.5 percent, the U.S., and pretty much all of humanity, has gotten quite a track record of returns.