Connor Johnson is not going to let government funding stop his dream

Six-year old Connor Johnson is on a mission. And he’d very much appreciate it if you would help him out. Photo: NASA

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2013 — Six-year old Connor Johnson is on a mission. And he’d very much appreciate it if you would help him out.

The young man would like to be an astronaut one day. He isn’t ready to launch into space just yet. He probably needs a few more years of school and such first. But he hopes that he’ll be able to at least try for the position on day.

But there’s a problem with Connor’s plan. You see, you can only be anything you want to be when you grow up if what you want to do is still a job when you grow up. And Connor has heard that the government is cutting funding to NASA. So, he started a petition.

Connor’s petition, which is available on the White House’s “We The People” site, calls on the government to “Increase the funding for NASA so that children can dream of exploring the universe. Science funding is the future of our country.”

Currently the petition sits at just under 5,000 signatures. It needs a total of 100,000 by December 29th to have a chance of enacting change and making the dreams of Connor, and thousands of other children interested in science, come true. Your move internet.

 


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Ryley J. Trahan is a writer and physics teacher in Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg Virginia, with undergraduate degrees in English and Physics. He loves comic books and super heroes. He also writes a blog about Physics in New Media.

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