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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 Steve73 on 10/23/2009 4:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
Dems and Reps are to blame for how screwed up our financial system is and becoming. We need to throw both parties out. One party is for gradual enlargement of the government, while the other is full out socialism. Either way each party is leading us down the wrong path, away from the principles of what this Republic was founded on.


RE: I saw it coming
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 10/23/2009 6:19:12 PM , Rating: 2
This Republic... I think we lost the Republic at least 70 maybe 80 years ago... :)

We do need a new party. One the understand they are for the people... not the current people are for them attitude. Agreed both parties have messed up over last 70 years, even more last 20 years. These current "leaders" are so out of touch with the "common" man you would meet on the street, it's not even funny.


RE: I saw it coming
By rlandess on 10/23/2009 7:13:38 PM , Rating: 3
C'mon, The real problem is that people are rapidly getting dumber by the minute. I think politicians are faithfully representing the people. Soon thanks to mediocre school systems and generation after generation of lousy parenting we'll all be experiencing Idiocracy first-hand. EVERYONE HERE KNOWS IT'S TRUE.


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