NASA Needs a Lotto for Space Missions

NASA is one of America’s most beloved public institutions. They’ve sent men to the moon and speedy probes to the realm outside our solar system. They’ve landed rovers on Mars and taken closeups of Pluto.

A century ago, NASA’s achievements were consigned to the realm of science fiction, but today we can click through photos of faraway stars, planets, and galaxies on our computers — thanks of course to the help of researchers and students across the globe. Yet despite this success and all the technological spin-offs it has spawned — from astronaut ice cream to cat…