Ultraviolet Image of Cygnus Loop Nebula
This view was captured by NASA’s GALEX mission, which launched in April 2003. Its main purpose was to image hundreds of thousands of galaxies, charting their rates of star formation – the science is best gathered in ultraviolet. Unfortunately, NASA cut off financial support for the mission back in February, 2011.
It’s really a shame that we invest so little into NASA. During the Apollo program, roughly 4% of the federal budget went to NASA, today it’s about .5%.
There is a petition going on whitehouse.gov requesting we double NASA’s budget from .5% to 1%. It’s not much, but it is a start.