2010 NASA budget = $18.724 billion 2010 Military Budget = $1.03 trillion I realize space exploration is out of fashion these days. Most people I talk to seem to think it's a waste of money. But being an oldtimer, I remember the glory days of NASA with the triumph of the manned moon landing program. Back then, I fully expected us to go on to sending manned missions to Mars and beyond by now. The robot ships and rovers are nice to see, but I wish our species had retained it's drive for ambitious human exploration. And I do understand that war is back in fashion, and the military budget creates lots of jobs and serves it's function in mineral rights acquisition, etc., but when I see it beside the puny amount spent on NASA, it just makes me sad.