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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 Phoque on 4/17/2010 10:18:37 AM , Rating: -1
Poor little thing, that intel was all crap created by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq war.

War in Iraq probably created ( will create ) more terrorists than it neutralized. Al-Qaeda was not in Iraq before the US created that mess of operation. Now they are.

Iraq has becomed a Bush created terrorist nest.

US were much safer with Saddam Hussein in place.

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
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