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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 Seemonkeyscanfly on 10/23/2009 5:00:22 PM , Rating: -1
Wow what short term memory you have...

Under Clinton most quarters were negative growth... several back to back that is why we where in a recession under Clinton. Most people do not understand this because they had jobs. First hurt are businesses then years later people will are hurt by it. Recover will be the same too, first businesses then the people. Under Bush there were 4 total negative quarters. His very first quarter (No president can be blamed for their first quarter), then his 3rd quarter when the twin towers where hit and people just stop buying this.. . again can not blame the president here. He even warned people what would happen if we stopped buying like normal...but most people and companies did not listen. For this reason we had the slowest 7 positive growth years in a row... no not one negative quarter after that but very, very lower growth 1/2 to 1 percent. The third and fourth negative quarters were the last two quarters of his office. This is when businesses and stock traders knew who was going to be the next president and knew what he wanted to implement. So they started running scared.
We were over a TRILLION dollar in debit under Clinton... Do not make it sound like this debit was a Bush thing. Also remember only two years of Bush's office did the Republican have major of seat (no not control of seats like the Democrats have now just one more over 50% verse Democrats 60% today). Most of the time Democrats had over 50% of the seats and again today they have over 60%.... You talk about Bush setting a 2.7 trillion dollar deficit... then what do you think about Obama's 7 trillion dollar deficit over the next two years and well over 10 trillion in next 4??? Right now businesses look like they are in good shape and that the economy is recovering. This is false. Unemployment is at a 26 year high because businesses fired a large percentage of their work force to show profit again... but in real they have a large decrease in sale compared to just a few years back. We are currently living in a temporary bubble of false good economics. Once the bubble pops their will be nothing to support this economy (you need strong, growing businesses to support any economy not shrinking ones). If you think you have experienced a rough economy during Bush's positive growth quarters wait till you see what is in stalled. Obama is spending money we do not have by just printing more of it... nothing to back it. In time world will understand this and it will be $1,000 for One British pound (or some crazy ratio). Don't believe, look at the value of the US day today verse 2 years ago, then go back 4, 8, 12... In this last year we have dropped like a rock, but relatively stable the times before last year... but the bad drop is still to come. Now, let us burden the people more by adding more government spending with government controlled health care. To quote Shorty from Indiana Jones, "Hang on Lady. We going for a ride."

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