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6-Year-Old Starts Petition to Save NASA (and His Dreams)

Boy petitions for NASA funding
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Connor Johnson may only be 6 years old, but he already knows what he's going to be when he grows up: an astronaut.

So determined is he to get to outer space one day that, when he learned the government would be cutting back on NASA funding, he decided that just wasn't going to do.

So Connor started a petition (with the help of his parents, of course) on the Web site We the People. And so far, his plea to the government has earned a cool 10,000 signatures, and counting.

While that's a pretty impressive feat in and of itself, little Connor still needs a whopping 90,000 more signatures to prompt an official response from the White House (which it's obligated to do one if a petition gets over 100,000 signatures).

But even if Connor's petition falls short, he isn't the only one who's worried about the space program cutbacks. Aside from his 10,000 co-signers, many experts in the planetary science field are concerned, too, since they won't be able to apply for grants until 2015. Bill Nye even posted this video begging President Obama to redistribute funds.

"NASA's mostly the only space company I've known for a very long time," Connor said (adorably) in a video on his local news station KUSA. He also added: "The whole reason I want to be an astronaut is so I can discover new worlds to discover asteroids or stuff that I could build stuff out of."

Want to help Connor's dreams come true? Sign the petition here on We the People.

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