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When it comes to taxpayers getting bang for our buck, very few government programs give us the same return on investment as NASA. Yet so many people feel that its budget should be slashed.

In this fantastic video, Mark Rober (who used to work at NASA) gives us five reasons NASA is worth the cost. Even if you’re already pro-science, you’re going to love this one.

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Given that a mere 0.5% of our budget goes to NASA, imagine how much more the scientists and engineers could do if we gave them some of the money currently being (over)spent on defense.

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.