My brother in law worked for Nasa and among the things he devised was a hand-held star map that Buzz Aldin used on his moon mission. Many would say, now let private enterprise do it. But sometimes government must take the led, Columbus sailed using the Queen's money. The first Continental railroad was government funded. There will be a time when the nation steps back, but now is not the time. But as for expense, heck we spent more money on football every year.