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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 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
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.

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