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Orion may live on in simpler design

America has been the leading spacefaring nations on the planet since the early days of space travel. The U.S. put the first man on the moon and continued to lead the world in exploration and space travel. President Obama unveiled a new budget for NASA in February that dealt many of its space flight programs a serious blow including ambitious plans for putting American's back on the moon.

Obama has already cut funding for the Constellation program along with the funding that would allow for the completion of the Orion crew capsule that would take astronauts to the ISS after the space shuttle fleet is retired. Many in Washington and at NASA have been calling for Obama to clarify his plans for NASA.

Obama is going to talk at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida about his plans for NASA and human spaceflight. The 
New York Times quotes an unnamed Obama administration official saying, "[The president will describe a plan] that unlocks our ambitions and expands our frontiers in space, ultimately meaning the challenge of sending humans to Mars."

Obama is reportedly going to propose a simpler version of the Orion capsule to be used as a lifeboat for the ISS. Obama is also expected to announce a commitment to choosing a design for a heavy-lift rocket by 2015. The official added, "This means major work on the heavy-lift rocket at least two years earlier than Constellation."

One of the big concerns is that the budget cuts will mean thousands of people working in the space industry in Florida and other states are facing layoffs. The 
Wall Street Journal reports that 7,000 workers at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are facing layoff with the new budget. Concessions made to allow for a simpler version of Orion will allow 2,000 of those jobs to be saved.

NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver said, "He's [Obama is] putting a lot of political capital into it. Human spaceflight is a huge priority of this president."

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RE: the letters
By Reclaimer77 on 4/14/2010 7:26:58 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not a big fan of Obama.

Really ?

But to be fair he inherited a huge budget deficit,

Compared to what Obama has turned it into, I would call 600 billion VERY manageable. You can't really use what you "inherited" as an excuse when EVER POLICY YOU DICTATE makes it worse. That's like bitching you inherited a house full of rats, throwing a raw chicken in it, and leaving the doors and windows open.

Remember, GWB inherited huge budget surpluses from Clinton.

The United States lost over a trillion dollars in assets on the day of 911 and it's financial aftermath That's going to kinda make a dent in your budget don't you think ? Oh nevermind, I forgot, 911 was also Bush's fault too *rolls eyes*

I'm not weighing into the Democratic / Republican debate. I am stating the GWB was an ignorant, short-sighted leader who thought that 'character' is a substitute for reason.

Translation: I'm neutral, but I'm DIRECTING quoting word for word the exact same thing the Democrats painted Bush as.

No offense, but if I were you I wouldn't go around calling other people ignorant when your arguments are spoonfed to you.

RE: the letters
By Reclaimer77 on 4/14/2010 7:31:16 PM , Rating: 4

Whoa I was way off. 911 actually cost the United States more like TWO trillion dollars.

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