Ohio Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich today called for a tripling of NASA’s budget. Kucinich, co-sponsor of the Space Exploration Act of 2003, said the current budget for NASA “is far from adequate. Our shuttle fleet is based on 30-year old technology and this is only because of a lack of funding. Although the shuttle program requires $4 billion a year to operate, NASA has been forced to operate the shuttle with a budget of only $3 billion a year.” Kucinich issued a far-reaching statement on the importance of the space program a day before he arrives in Florida Monday for two days of campaigning. Additional funding for space exploration and new technologies “is in our national interest,” he said.