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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 4/15/2010 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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