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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."

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 Indianapolis on 4/16/2010 11:41:09 PM , Rating: 1
Wow. Talk about a left-wing hack.

I agree with you about one thing: Bush spent too much. But you're really distorting history and just flat-out lying about Obama's spending.

Bush inherited Clinton's .com-bubble-bursting recession, and on top of that was given 911 and the subsequent recession, and THEN fought wars in Irag and Afghanistan. Yeah, those circumstances combined didn't paint a pretty fiscal picture.

Obama doesn't have any of Bush's excuses, and yet in his first year he's managed to QUADRUPLE Bush's deficit. You point out the health care bill cost (which is ridiculously underestimated anyway) as if that's Obama's only spending, conveniently forgetting the stimulus packages.

And if you want to cry about the recession Obama inherited, don't forget that it was caused by the housing bubble, which was caused by Obama and his ilk forcing banks to lend to people who did not qualify. People try to obscure that fact by describing the convoluted process by which those mortgages were packaged resold, but the fact is that Democrats forced banks to make bad loans, and those bad loans were the cause of the collapse.

Obama is a disaster, and you're a fool for defending him.

RE: Lost all faith
By Phoque on 4/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Lost all faith
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2010 9:56:14 AM , Rating: 1
Afghanistan is a legitimate war, not Iraq.

The Pacific theater is legitimate, NOT the European !!!

Hey we're in a WAR ON TERROR on multiple fronts. How is one "more legitimate" than the other when we've had the same mission in both countries ??

And take your WMD crap and shove it up your ass. The Bush administration had approval from Congress by a huge majority, even Democrats, to go into Iraq. Using the same Intel as the President. There is no lie, there is no conspiracy.

We didn't find WMD's in Iraq but you know what we DID find ?? A shitload of terrorist.

RE: Lost all faith
By Phoque on 4/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Lost all faith
By whiskerwill on 4/17/2010 10:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
Right, that's why Germany (using German Intelligence) and Britain (using British Intelligence) concluded the same thing we did about Irag. Right. Bush infiltrated intelligence organizations around the world. Right right right.

Where DO these internet idiots come from?

RE: Lost all faith
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2010 11:19:49 AM , Rating: 1
Poor little thing, that intel was all crap created by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war.

If a President "created" intel, especially one as unpopular as Bush on an issue as HUGE as Iraq, he would be caught, tried, and impeached. Sorry, that's the truth. Plus your claim doesn't hold up. Several members that voted to go to war were also part of something called the Congressional Intelligence Oversight Committee. Ever heard of it ??

War in Iraq probably created ( will create ) more terrorists than it neutralized.

Probably, might, will. Sounds like a lot of speculation to me. Can I see your Intelligence credentials please?

I'll tell you what we know it did create. I seem to recall seeing something on the news about the citizens voting for elected officials, even under threat of death. Something about them being saved from a murderous oppressive maniacal madman regime and given the keys to their own country and lives. Sort of like the same thing that you and I take for granted because we've ALWAYS had that?

US were much safer with Saddam Hussein in place.

I'm sure those Allied pilots who were shot at in the No Fly Zone by Saddam felt VERY safe...

RE: Lost all faith
By rika13 on 4/19/10, Rating: -1
RE: Lost all faith
By Samus on 4/22/2010 2:59:48 AM , Rating: 1
Nobody's a dreamer anymore. That's what it took to put a man in space. That and money. A shitload of money.

RE: Lost all faith
By Phoque on 4/17/10, Rating: -1
RE: Lost all faith
By cmdrdredd on 4/17/2010 5:26:58 PM , Rating: 1
Obama has got nothing to do with the housing bubble collapse. It had already started happening under the Bush administration. Bush himself probably contributed to the bubble with his American Dream Down Payment Act of 2003.

Obama and other Dems got kickbacks from the big banks who handed loans out to MINORITIES! You were FORCED by congress which was majority Democrat at the time, to give a certain number of loans each quarter to minorities. FORCED! These banks had no choice. They knew they'd never get the loan repaid but they would be fined HEAVILY if they did not give the required quota of loans. In turn Obama extended his hand and received money from these same institutions.

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