Back in March we posted the article Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dreams and NASA’s Budget. In it is a video consisting of a montage of clips surrounding the history of NASA. These clips were set to a speech by acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about how the “space race” began and how it has fizzled out due in large part to the pitifully tiny funding NASA receives. He goes on to tell how just a fraction of a penny could keep the dream of space exploration alive.
The video in that article is entitled We Stopped Dreaming and was the first of a series of inspiring videos. Their purpose is to support Penny4NASA.org an organization whose goal is to raise awareness of the truly tiny percentage of the US budget earmarked for NASA and to inspire people to take action to change that.
Now comes the equally inspiring follow-up to that first wonderful video, again set to a passionate speech by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Entitled We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 2) – A New Perspective, this 5 minute montage will make you at once excited and angry; excited for the future of space exploration and angry over the miserly budget NASA has to live with.
The intention of this project is to stress the importance of advancing the space frontier and is focused on igniting scientific curiosity in the general public.
Please visit the Penny4NASA.org website and learn what you can do to keep the dream of space exploration alive. Once there you will find some simple, easy and effective steps you can take to help make a difference in the funding for NASA. You’ll also find links to the Penny4NASA Facebook page, the Penny4NASA Twitter feed, and the Penny4NASA Google+ page.
Special thanks to Chad Burns, one of the people behind the fantastic web series L5 for bringing this 2nd episode to my attention. If you haven’t yet, you owe it to yourself to check out L5 on VODO and the L5 Facebook page. Chad, Stanley Von Medvey, Tom Ptasinski, and all the people at Hemogoblin are keeping the dream of space exploration alive and have ignited new passion in fans with their creative vision.