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President Obama controls NASA's destiny, as the U.S. space agency needs at least $3B more per year

A 10-member government panel released a new 157-report that indicates NASA should consider ditching its new rocket, saying its findings can be considered options, not recommendations.

After construction of the International Space Station is completed in 2010, the three space shuttles that make up NASA's fleet will be retired.  The shuttle fleet retirement opens up a several year gap that will force the U.S. space agency to rely on the Russian space program to transport supplies and astronauts to the ISS.

"It's human spaceflight activities are nonetheless at a tipping point, primarily due to a mismatch of goals and resources," according to the Human Spaceflight Program Worthy of a Great Nation report.  "Either additional funds need to be made available or a far more modest program involving little or no exploration needs to be adopted."

The U.S. space agency has put high hopes on its Ares I rockets and Orion spacecraft, but the project severely lacks funds, which has led some to speculate the next-generation launch capsule is a mistake.  The timing of the report's release has proven to be interesting -- Ares is expected to make its first test flight later this month.

Essentially, the future of NASA is now squarely in President Barack Obama's hands, with the president's staff calling on space experts to share their thoughts and ideas.  Congress and the president will now meet to discuss the possibility of boosting NASA's $18.7 billion annual budget to $21.7 billion.



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RE: NASA is inefficient
By Moohbear on 10/23/2009 10:55:49 AM , Rating: 3
Of course, the USAF is using the secret alien technology they recovered form all those downed UFOs.

It's true, Mulder says so!

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RE: NASA is inefficient
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 10/23/2009 11:04:57 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,569143,00.html...

actual kind of funny, they never talk about any of the military space programs on the news.... but today they did.

The secret alien technology is from Germany. You can buy it on the web if you have enough cash. :)


RE: NASA is inefficient
By Moohbear on 10/23/2009 11:20:16 AM , Rating: 2
It's yet another test platform and not even a "secret" one., like so many before (Blue Gemini, Dynasoar...). Facts are: the US military has never sent anybody in space in one of their own craft. Only on NASA's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo/STS missions.

However, I'm interested in the secret alien technology from Germany. I know a few crackpots that would literraly give everything they have to just see the TRUTH :)


RE: NASA is inefficient
By TETRONG on 10/23/2009 11:36:45 AM , Rating: 2
I see your mind is already made up, facts be damned.

Enjoy your ignorance!


RE: NASA is inefficient
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 10/23/2009 12:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
the US military has never sent anybody in space in one of their own craft.

OK, that is as far as we know... It's not like they would tell everyone. I'm not saying they did or they did not. I have a few reliable sources that claim they did but of course can give no evidence.

The public knows what they need to know.... I still think the military has some cool "toys" that are kept from the public eye. At least I hope they do, and it would explain a lot of the UFO sightings.

Now for that secret Germany technology just type www.secr... (gaggg... choke... cough... gasp... thud. - damn I always get killed before I can give that secret web address out.)


RE: NASA is inefficient
By Jaybus on 10/26/2009 8:05:05 AM , Rating: 2
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US military has never sent anybody in space in one of their own craft


Absolute rubbish. Please look up USAF Captain Joseph Walker, the first American to become an astronaut by both USAF and Federation Aeronautique Internationale rules. This was in a USAF X-15 spaceplane. Neil Armstrong also flew X-15s but did not cross the 100 km barrier until Gemini 8. However, 8 USAF pilots earned their USAF Astronaut wings. Also see the X-20 Dyna-Soar space glider program that began in 1957. The X-37 is just a continuation of the space plane concept.

Hell, the fact that the USAF even has Astronaut wings insignia is sort of telling.


RE: NASA is inefficient
By Ringold on 10/24/2009 4:02:07 AM , Rating: 2
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Facts are: the US military has never sent anybody in space in one of their own craft. Only on NASA's Mercury/Gemini/Apollo/STS missions.


Ehh.. That's a blurry line. Our early space efforts involved what amounted to military officers riding military ICBM's in to space under the mere banner of a civilian agency. The sole reason for NASA not being a military organization is simply that it made for better anti-Soviet propaganda if it were civilian.

Todays NASA involves military officers (albeit more removed from the regular military than the early test pilots were) flying craft designed and built by military contractors.

As for secret military space craft, the Fox link appears legitimate and undeniable. I'm not surprised that the government wont disclose which agency owns that satellite they mention. There's no doubt plenty of government branches that aren't known to the public and, if they have their way, never will be. Don't believe me? NRO was created in 1960. Its cover wasn't blown until 1985, and the government didn't hardly acknowledge it until 1992. Thats 32 years you'd of had the wool over your eyes if you believed everything they say.


RE: NASA is inefficient
By Yawgm0th on 10/23/2009 11:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
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Of course, the USAF is using the secret alien technology they recovered form all those downed UFOs.
Don't be ridiculous. They're using technology acquired through the Stargate program.


RE: NASA is inefficient
By PhoenixKnight on 10/23/2009 2:33:24 PM , Rating: 1
I thought they acquired the technology through reverse-engineering Megatron.


RE: NASA is inefficient
By SiliconAddict on 10/24/2009 2:01:24 AM , Rating: 2
If you think a branch of our military doesn't have something that is capable of reaching orbit and isn't using some seriously advanced tech you are delusional. Seriously. The only real credible reason that such projects as Aurora don't exists is simply funding. We aren't in a cold war anymore and as such there really isn't an arms race. Then again there is always China. *shrugs*


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