DENVER, CO (CNN) -- 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.
He is 6-years-old and fixated on space. Not just because it's pretty cool, but because Connor Johnson is quite sure space will be his future. He said, "The whole reason I want to be an astronaut so I can discover, like, new worlds."
Connor says, since he was three, he's been inspired by NASA. He said, "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 it was last week over Thanksgiving that he learned Congress is cutting funding to the space program. His mom said, "He was disappointed to hear that they were decreasing funding."
Connor knew he had to do something. Maybe his allowance would help. He said, "And then I decided to give my whole piggy bank to NASA."
But then after talking with his family, he decided to create a petition. His mom said, "And then they put it out there, started throwing it around Facebook, e-mailing friends and family."
That got him about 40 signatures. It was shared by 9 News and it shot up over 100 fast. Connor's mom said, "We need 150 for it to go public, and so then it can be viewed on the general website." Connor said, "And to get a response from the White House, I need 100 mil, 100,000."
Which means Connor needs roughly 99,000 more. Connor said, "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, Johnson's petition had nearly 4,000 signatures.
His petition, "Increase NASA funding", can be found here.