BBC NEWS | Americas | US mulls space exploration futureThe White House has ordered a public review of America's options.
It opens at a time when the country's relative standing in space is at an unusually low point.
The Space Shuttle programme which was launched in 1981 will come to an end next year when the last craft will be cannibalised, mothballed or scrapped.
In summary, NASA and the US space programme is ridiculously expensive to fund and maintain, especially in this financial and political climate.
I call for the continuation of the current space programmes that the US and the West in general are running. We need to stay at the cutting-edge, we don't want China and Russia to exceed us in technological capability.
Remember, some of the most famous inventions today were indirectly and directly invented by NASA, such as smoke alarms, cordless technology and the modern firearm suit, and my favourite, the satellite dish.
I see the space programmes as something more than just exploring space, but also as a good place for discovering and inventing new and useful technologies. For the sake of the people, I'd say continue funding the research, if not the space flights.