In the video embedded below, Bill “The Science Guy” Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, addressed an open letter to President Barack Obama asking him to grant more funding to the sciences and specifically to the study of our solar system.

“Mr. President,” said Nye, “the space program, NASA, is the best brand the United States has.”

All over the world, he said, NASA’s accomplishments in space exploration are celebrated and revered.

“Right now what NASA does best is explore the solar system through the planetary science program,” he continued. The world sat riveted as we lowered a rover on to the surface of Mars and set about exploring our planetary neighbor.

Congress has cut and then restored funding for the planetary science program, but Nye said in his address to the president that the program is too important to subject to the vagaries of political demagogues and their stunts.

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