There's nothing like a spectacular success to bring out the hordes of troglodyte critics in droves. The very second NASA's car-sized rover, Curiosity, was safely set down on Mars last week, the drumbeats of money agony were begun by umpteen tribes of assorted knuckle draggers.
Leave it to the myopic to miss this: NASA's budget is less than 1% of the federal budget. The most expensive "space program" we all pay for in this country is the vacuum between the ears of confused and ignorant people.
We pay for that space, for that vacant and unused real estate, in so many ways, and so often, not the least being in lost opportunities for men and women, as well as for our entire species.