It's Hanko de Mayo! We all know Hank loves the James Webb Space Telescope, so hopefully he'll like our gift. In addition to his gift, nerdfighteria is celebrating Hank's birthday by letting our elected officials know that Increasing Awesome through scientific exploration is important to us. You'll find the email I wrote my congressperson and senators below. You can copy it, amend it, or write your own. Here's how:
Find your congressional representative here:
And your senators here:
Click through to their contact pages to email them.
I do not know how to email your representatives, but I do know that it is possible in every democratic country, and since the James Webb Space Telescope is a collaboration among many nations, it's likely that your government is involved. So let them know how much space exploration and science funding matter to you!
Here's my letter:
Dear Congressman Carson,
My name is John Green. I'm a voter in your district, and I'm contacting you to ask that you work to increase federal government support for NASA and other scientific initiatives. NASA projects like the James Webb Space Telescope offer us the opportunity to understand the very beginning of our universe. For centuries, government-backed scientific programs have improved the lives of every person on the planet, and they are a gift to every person who will live after us. It's vital that the United States lead the world in increasing awesome through scientific exploration and discovery. So please support NASA and projects like the James Webb Space Telescope.
It's a big universe. And it is our privilege and responsibility as human beings to work to understand and appreciate it.
HUGE thanks to everyone at NASA and Northrop Grumman who made Hank's present possible, especially Ron Birk, Charlie Atkinson, and Rolf Danner. And thanks to Michael Gardner at ecogeek for facilitating the whole process. Happy Hanko de Mayo!