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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 PresidentThomasJefferson on 4/16/2010 4:39:37 PM , Rating: 1
Nations that issue their own currency like the US&Japan (and unlike Greece) can't go bankrupt nor become insolvent,which is why Japan at 220%+ debt enjoys 0% inflation, 0% interest rates, 4% unemployment, & about 3% GDP for the past 20 yrs while the US is at 80% debt & only about 2% inflation (below -0.3% inflation for 2009), almost 0% real interest rates, 3% to 4% GDP growth for the last quarters & on track for 3% to 4% growth this year.. & gov spending has to go higher if you want the 9.7% unemployment rate to decrease faster..

production increases is enough to offset & halt any inflation (this isn't Wiemar Germany that had no production because their industrial sector go on strike for 6+ months to protest war reparations or Zimbabe that had little production because 30-50% of the spending went in security/civil war spending & expelling all the white farmers/businessmen)

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RE: Lost all faith
By PresidentThomasJefferson on 4/16/2010 4:43:21 PM , Rating: 3

FYI, Obama has funded & is funding NASA more than Bush & most Republicans ever has (see chart below).. $2 BILLION HIGHER than 2008 .. and ya, he is funding Florida more as well as Colorado (both swing states).. the ones who voted for him.. it looks like Texas(who will always vote repub in 2012/16) is getting the short end of the stick .. there's an old southern saying, "you dance with the one who brought you to the ball"--if one were cynical, one could say FL & CO were being rewarded for voting for him.. and TX is being written off as always going Repub so dollars are diverted to FL/CO

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=30695

Source: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/315067main_fy10_nasa.pdf

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration 2010 Budget

"When I was growing up, NASA inspired the world with achievements we are still proud of. We cannot cede our leadership in space. We need a real vision for space exploration. Let's also tap NASA's ingenuity to build the airplanes of tomorrow and to study our own planet so we can combat global climate change. Under my watch, NASA will inspire the world, make America stronger, and help grow the economy." -- President Barack Obama

The President's Fiscal Year 2010 Budget provides $18.7 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which, when combined with the $1 billion provided for NASA in the Recovery Act, is more than $2.4 billion above the 2008 level. The Budget funds a program of space-based research to advance our understanding of climate change and its effects, as well as human and robotic space exploration. It also supports the use of the Space Shuttle to complete assembly of the International Space Station.

Under the proposed budget, the agency would receive $18.7 billion in 2010. Combined with $1 billion in funding provided in an economic stimulus package signed into law last week, NASA would get $2.4 billion more than it did in 2008.


RE: Lost all faith
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 4/16/2010 6:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
President Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave from your words.... He would not agree with you at all.

"gov spending has to go higher if you want the 9.7% unemployment rate to decrease faster.."

It is a 100% fact that more government spending means higher taxes. Higher taxes means less money for business to work with. Less money for businesses to work with means less profits. Less profits means firing or laying off people not hiring people. No government has successfully spent their way out of poor economy. The spending they are doing now is creating a false positive economy. In time the bill is going to come in for the money they spent. When that happens we are going to be in for one hell of a ride. However, by then you will blame the person who is President at that time verse the one who created the mess. If they want to see lower employment then they need to lower taxes (always works) and make it easier for people to start businesses and create jobs.


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