Space exploration peaked in the 1960s because of its fierce competition in the cold war between the United States of America and the Soviet Union. However, NASA’s funding from the federal government is at its all-time low at only 0.5% of the American federal budget (US Government). The reason is simple: after the Soviet Union dissolved, the United States of America sees no benefit in funding space exploration. Therefore, they are allocating less and less of their percentage federal budget to NASA. It could, however, be argued that this allocation of the federal budget is unethical.