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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 thurston on 4/14/2010 7:52:02 PM , Rating: 0
I'm not a big fan of Obama.

You need to realize agreeing with anything that Obama does or criticizing the Bush presidency will get you labeled a commie hippie liberal Obama worshiper on this site.

RE: the letters
By psychmike on 4/14/2010 10:46:59 PM , Rating: 3
I can see that. It's incredible, I have very intelligent fiscal and social conservative friends who think very lowly of GWB. Even before 9/11, Bush was pushing unsustainable tax cuts for the top 1% while increasing federal spending. He pushed for unprecedented power for the Federal government including warrantless wire taps. This is freedom?? This is protection from power?? But never mind, let's keep things simple. There are good guys and bad guys and the people who disagree with me are simply ignorant.

RE: the letters
By Reclaimer77 on 4/14/2010 11:08:43 PM , Rating: 2
The only way we can have "unsustainable" tax cuts is if you are actually thick enough to believe tax cuts are ever a bad thing. Or that the government REALLY needs this much money to keep running. I mean honestly, what kind of moron is actually FOR more taxes ??? Oh that's right, Obama voters. (aka people who don't pay them anyway)

And maybe your "conservative" friends are damn idiots. Because Bush specifically CREATED a new tax bracket just for the middle class, not top 1%. HE cut taxes for EVERYONE !

I have very intelligent fiscal and social conservative friends who think very lowly of GWB.

Because he worked with Democrats. Pushed for Amnesty for Illegals etc etc. I certainly hope it's not because he gave tax relief to Americans.

There are good guys and bad guys and the people who disagree with me are simply ignorant.

Maybe we're just fucking sick and tired of hearing about and talking about George Bush ??? Obama has been President for two years, sorry, but you can only blame the other guy for so long. It's OLD, it's not genuine or honest at all, and it's VERY unbecoming to the Office of the President of the United States to cop out and blame your predecessor for every so called problem you have to deal with. It's even worse to blame Bush as an excuse to pass a sweeping socialist agenda because the average American is too goddamn stupid to see what's really happening.

Republicans in Congress HAVE NO VOTING POWER. They cannot stop ANYTHING. So if everything Bush did was so freaking terrible, then why isn't Obama and the lib' Congress REPEALING what Bush did ? They have the votes, they have the political capitol. Who's going to stop them ? Why hasn't the Patriot Act been repealed ? I'll tell you why, because you can bet your ASS Obama has no problem with having the power to wiretap without warrants either!

RE: the letters
By Nfarce on 4/15/2010 12:20:02 AM , Rating: 2
Give it up, RC77 - when the Middle East war breaks out, and when we see inflation choke the economy, you can bet that the current administration and other incompetents in Congress running things as well as the DNC media and various mindless lemmings supporting both (oh that nasty Faux News) will attempt to blame Bush for it all.

Just sit back and sadly watch.

RE: the letters
By Anoxanmore on 4/15/2010 10:21:53 AM , Rating: 2

Did 2010 end while I was sleeping? Jan is the take over date from the last President and unless I am WAY off on elementary schooling, 2009 was when it started. So.. One year and 4 months.

Looks around

It is still APRIL of 2010 right?

RE: the letters
By Nfarce on 4/15/2010 10:36:42 AM , Rating: 3
Well, one year and three months in the White house to be exact next week.

But Democrats have controlled the purse strings of Congress for three years and three months now. How much longer Americans are going to put up with the cronyism, fascism, and incompetence remains to be seen. The mid-term 2010 elections this November will be a good start.

RE: the letters
By Anoxanmore on 4/15/2010 10:55:47 AM , Rating: 2
I would agree with you, except we have no one running against our incumbent representative... :(


RE: the letters
By ekv on 4/15/2010 2:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
If you're a conservative -- fiscally, perhaps even socially -- then you may have my vote. Catch my drift?

Vote yourself a pay reduction -- even 10% -- and you definitely have my vote.

RE: the letters
By thurston on 4/15/2010 2:48:34 PM , Rating: 2
I mean honestly, what kind of moron is actually FOR more taxes ???

The kind of moron that likes to drive on roads and have police and fire protection.

RE: the letters
By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2010 3:18:30 PM , Rating: 2
Let me give you a real world example to illustrate my point, and also how stupid you are.

Right here in Charlotte North Carolina they are claiming they "have" to fire hundreds of teachers because they don't have the tax money to keep them employed. They claim, with absolute certainty, that there is "NO fat" left to cut in the budget.

Last month the City of Charlotte purchased six large "art" rocks, at two HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS a piece, to be placed along the new greenway of West Boulevard. For looks, that's it, nothing more. Art.

So you were saying ??

RE: the letters
By thurston on 4/15/2010 3:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't know Charlotte had their own school system. Most schools are not funded with city taxes.

RE: the letters
By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2010 4:24:41 PM , Rating: 2
What !???!?

RE: the letters
By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2010 4:42:21 PM , Rating: 2
Oh you mean county ? Well it's the Charlotte-Mecklenburg county school system. Which is actually too big, one of the largest in the nation.

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