Neil deGrasse Tyson Isn't Mad at You, America—but He *Is* Disappointed

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New on Kickstarter: a documentary that wants to inspire people to shoot for the stars

Since the Apollo era of the 60s, NASA's budget has been steadily shrinking. And our national fascination with space has been declining along with it. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to turn things around. As does Bill Nye. As does astronaut Leroy Chiao. As does Paul Hildebrandt. 

Hildebrandt is the director of a proposed documentary: Fight for Space, a feature-length film exploring the future of the space program. Proposed on Kickstarter, the project -- with 22 days left -- is less than $10,000 away from its $65,000 funding goal. It has, so far, more than 1,400 funders.

And that's due, in large part, to the trailer Hildebrandt created for the film, above -- a powerful video in itself, and one that manages to walk that fine between indignation and inspiration. 

The economics of space are much more complicated, obviously, than the trailer makes clear. The film is a political play, blatantly and self-consciously. It wants a government-funded space program. But what the video also makes clear -- what the video, in fact, is fighting for -- is the culture of space. The desire of space, the symbol of space. That wild, whirling sense of all that can be achieved when we cast our gaze outside ourselves to the great beyond.

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Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was formerly an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab, where she wrote about innovations in the media.

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