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Obama expects to be around to see man walk on Mars

The U.S. manned space flight programs were dealt a serious blow when Obama announced plans to go back to the moon were being shelved due to budget cuts and cost overruns. The budget cuts meant that the Constellation program would be cancelled.

The outcry against the President's plan was swift from space program supporters and NASA. Obama quickly began to take steps to alter his plans and called for the Orion crew module originally planned as the shuttle replacement to be scaled back and used as a lifeboat for the ISS. Obama had announced that he would talk about his plans for NASA and the space program in Florida earlier this week.

Obama has now aired his plans, clarifying some points and helping to dress wounds caused when he originally announced his plans for NASA. Obama's plan still calls for a scaled back Constellation program that would see the program continue, but only as a shadow of its former self. The changes still mean thousands in the space industry will be left jobless.

The shuttle fleet is set to retire this year with only three more scheduled flights remaining for the fleet with the last scheduled for September. Obama has promised additional funds to allow NASA padding if a launch has to be rescheduled due to weather. Some hope that the extra funds can instead be used to fund an extra mission.

Once the shuttle fleet is retired, getting astronauts to and from the ISS will be left to the Russian Soyuz spacecraft at a cost of about $50 million per round trip.

Obama sees the future of U.S. space flight in the hands of private companies. Obama wants a new industry that will see private companies offering transportation services to NASA rather than the vehicles themselves.

Obama said, "The new plan is to harness our nation's unparalleled system of free enterprise (as we have done in all other modes of transport), to create far more reliable and affordable rockets."

The 
San Francisco Chronicle reports that Obama foresees manned missions to near Earth asteroids and perhaps even Mars in his lifetime.

Obama said, "[By 2025 the U.S. will have a new spacecraft] designed for long journeys to allow us to begin the first-ever crewed missions beyond the moon into deep space." He continued saying, "We'll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for the first time in history," he said. "By the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth. And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it."

Obama said of a return trip to the moon, "We've been there before." Obama's plans for the space program still need the approval of Congress. Many lawmakers still plan to fight to keep the jobs that Obama's new budget will cut in their home districts. Obama's plans would see 2,500 jobs added in the Florida "Space Coast" by 2012. Thousands will still be unemployed due to the budget cuts.



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RE: Lost all faith
By DEVGRU on 4/16/2010 1:16:25 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
According to Obama employing engineers to build space vehicles is an inefficient enterprise. They are highly skilled, cost a lot and are generally not Democrat supporters.


Gee, what a suprise. Engineer's, being scientists rely on FACTS - that pretty much excludes them from being Democrats.


RE: Lost all faith
By kattanna on 4/16/2010 1:35:21 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Gee, what a suprise. Engineer's, being scientists rely on FACTS - that pretty much excludes them from being Democrats


or republicans for that matter to be honest.

both parties suck right now.


RE: Lost all faith
By phxfreddy on 4/16/2010 5:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
speaking as an engineer I always try to choose the lesser of 2 evils when that is all I have to choose from.

The democrats are definitely 5X the evil just objectively speaking from the spending / damage they do. They are the party of "gibs me dats" self interested.

Naturally I prefer the party of high I.Q.'s....which of course is the libertarian party.


RE: Lost all faith
By sigilscience on 4/17/2010 2:20:32 AM , Rating: 1
Actually I think Clinton may have done less damage overall than Bush. But that's just because he was too busy getting blowjobs to pass legislation.


RE: Lost all faith
By phxfreddy on 4/17/2010 10:12:08 AM , Rating: 4
Noooo. Clinton did less damage because of one very material reason.

...crossed houses of congress. The presidency was in democrats hands / congress in republican hands.

Next time some one says "government doing nothing is the best option" .....believe them.

After all when you think about it the idea of government doing much at all to help anyone beyond law enforcement is childish and naive. Even if it were to start off working it would corrupt very quickly as it would be a magnet for sociopaths wanting to get an edge on the system.


RE: Lost all faith
By JediJeb on 4/18/2010 11:35:30 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not so sure Clinton didn't do a lot of damage actually. China could not even get a missile to fly across the Pacific until Clinton sent engineers there to teach the Chinese how to make guidance systems. Also before Clinton there were no super computers in China, now there are several because he removed the restrictions on selling super computers to China. Kinda makes you wonder what else he gave away we may not know about.


RE: Lost all faith
By JKflipflop98 on 4/19/2010 9:39:47 PM , Rating: 1
There is still a MASSIVE restriction on the types of technology that can be exported to China or one of it's bitches.

They don't really have "supercomputers" like the rest of the world does.


RE: Lost all faith
By HaHaHaHa on 4/16/2010 3:17:30 PM , Rating: 2
Ride em cowboy!!


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