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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: I saw it coming
By Samus on 10/23/2009 2:02:46 PM , Rating: 3
Thanks a lot dems, you've destroyed our economy, spent all our money, instituted new entitlement programs, slapped the free market right across the face, and now you're going to kill the space program.

Just for the record, The Bush Administration set a record-breaking 2.7 TRILLION DOLLAR deficit over the 8 years navigating this country. Over 1.5 TRILLION went to Afghanistan and Iraq alone. None of this is even reflective of the damage by 9/11 on our economy from the cost of the towers falling, damage to tourism and the airline industry, etc. Gas prices TRIPLED for the majority of Bush's reign. All of these things slowly damaged the economy and once again...

The democrats are here to clean it up, and all people do is give them shit, even when they spend our tax dollars HERE instead of on some small country that didn't want our help in the first place.

I support a two party system, the freedom to choose based on values and what the country needs. But it always seems the timing is off for the party that is in control.

RE: I saw it coming
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 10/23/09, Rating: -1
RE: I saw it coming
By ianweck on 10/25/2009 4:07:30 PM , Rating: 2
Projected Receipts for Fiscal Year 2009 are $1.9 trillion leaving the U.S. with a $1.7 trillion deficit if Obama’s $3.6 trillion Outlay budget becomes reality. That means his budget plan projects a one year deficit that is almost as large as the accumulated deficit of George W. Bush’s two terms in office.

Hmmm, 2.7Trillion over eight years vs. 1.7Trillion over less than one year.
Democrats here to clean it up? I hope you're right.
We'll see...

RE: I saw it coming
By SPOOFE on 10/25/2009 7:26:04 PM , Rating: 1
I once joined a blackjack game and cleaned up, too. Boy, were those other guys mad to see me walking away with their money...

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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