Opinion: NASA shows what’s possible if we trimmed our military budget

Like many kids, I was once captivated by all things space. I took out every book on space from the school library. I did a book report on astronaut Sally Ride. I wanted to be an astronaut myself.

Later, I studied astronomy and physics and even interned at the Hubble Space Telescope program in the 1990s, back when that was the biggest, newest telescope around.

So when I read about the James Webb Space Telescope, able to see 13.5 billion years back in time, almost to the beginning of the universe, I’m awed. This remarkable machine enables us to witness the births of stars and planets and begin to unravel

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