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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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By BoFox on 4/18/2010 3:05:32 AM , Rating: 2
Damn, the comments here are so screwed up. The ones with the negative ratings should be the one with higher ratings, and the ones with "5" ratings should be the ones with negative ratings. UGH.. Dailytech used to be a great place--what has this place come to now? A chat-zoo of flaming and display of lack of appreciation for intellect?

Ok, now Neil Armstrong wrote this letter because of the whole "moon hoax" thing. Cancelling the manned trip to moon will only further strengthen the HOAX thing all the way until Neil dies in his bipolar grave. Neil just wants man to travel to the moon once again so that he can finally rest in peace with the hoax thing set aside.

Well, of course, the moon thing is a hoax, and will always be a hoax. Obama is being told by the Area 51 politicians to "cancel the moon trip and make us look forward to the Mars trip".

The first Bush promised us that we'd be to Mars by 2019. I remember reading it in the newspaper back in 1990. 2019 would be the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Nope, not gonna happen. While Obama says we'll just focus on Mars instead, there is apt to be a "repeat-and-rinse" of the things that Bush said back in 1990.

Even reading Wikipedia on the moon hoax will actually give you the feeling that Wikipedia is SUPPORTIVE of the hoax. Yeah, Wiki is supposed to be as unbiased as possible, but hey, it's a great thing being unbiased with the truth!

"On July 16, 2009, NASA indicated that it must have erased the original Apollo 11 Moon footage years ago so that it could reuse the tape."

Hey, the dog ate my homework! At least that would be a more honest excuse than this first-degree insult to human intelligence. Hmm, I must have erased the most important film ever recorded in history so that I could re-use the ancient tapes. What the hell upon hell!

I do no think so. Anyways, that's why the budget for space travel is always "controversial".

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