Why the United States no longer needs NASA

The age old mission of NASA since its inception has been raising the bar of human space exploration and achievement for the betterment of the United States of America. With the privatization of space looming around the corner, the mission in space has changed from “human achievement” to “how can we make a profit”. Everything from space tourism, to the mineral mining of the moon, to space based internet is being explored and developed. This being the case, Government agencies such as NASA take a “new seat” in the room of space players as the Government authorizes the new Spaceport America as well as new private companies like Virgin Galactic, and Space X to create their own versions of space ships.