DENVER, Co. (WHNT) – A little boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut one day is on a mission to save NASA. He has started an online petition on the White House website.
Connor Johnson is 6 years old and fixated on space. Not just because it’s pretty cool, but because Connor is quite sure space will be his future.
“The whole reason I want to be an astronaut so I can discover, like, new worlds,” he says.
Connor says, since he was three, he’s been inspired by NASA.
“To discover like asteroids or stuff that I could build stuff out of.”
NASA has given countless kids like Connor reason to believe they too can land in space. But recently, over Thanksgiving, Connor learned Congress is cutting funding to the space program.
“He was disappointed to hear that they were decreasing funding,” said Connor’s mother.
Connor knew he had to do something. He chipped in his allowance – just over $10. Then, he decided to give his whole piggy bank to NASA.
But then, after talking with his family, he decided to create an online petition. They put it out there, posting it on Facebook and emailing friends and family. That got him about 40 signatures.
A Denver news station shared it, helping bring in more signatures. To get a response from the White House, it needs 100,000 signatures.
Which means Connor needs roughly 99,000 more.
“While I would be very sad, NASA is mostly the only space station, like space company, I’ve known for a very long time.”
A young boy inspired to take on a huge challenge to help save the very place that taught him to think big. Just think of all the significant moments that started with someone’s little dream.
Johnson must get 100,000 signatures by December 29. As of Monday morning, his petition had nearly 4,000 signatures. Sign the online petition.