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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: Always with the clarification
By maven81 on 4/17/2010 10:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
Don't play games michael asher. You think it's not obvious that you and an army of ditto head conservatives have overrun dailytech? I find it amazing that posters get rated down simply for disagreeing with you, while you get rated up for preaching to the choir.
You are such a coward that you simply ignored every single BS lie you were called out on.
I'm still waiting for you to name a spacecraft and booster that can take a human crew to phobos today as you said. I'm still waiting for you to admit you pulled the development costs and operational costs out of thin air. The fact that you had no idea NASA themselves consider a human landing on an asteroid to be scientifically worthwhile.
You even forgot the year NASA was created in a discussion we had some time ago.

You obviously know nothing about space exploration, but refuse to admit that, since it would shatter your know-it-all persona, and act like your opinions are the only ones that matter.

Don't flatter yourself. I know there are intelligent people reading this that see you for what you are, and my friends at JPL would be having a good laugh if they saw what you wrote.

RE: Always with the clarification
By porkpie on 4/18/2010 1:01:12 AM , Rating: 2
OIC. First you accuse me of being Mick, then Asher. Next I'll be Carl Rove.

I shouldn't even reply to this, but the "dittohead" slam is too laughable to pass up. I listened to Limbaugh once for 15 minutes almost 10 years ago, and turned it off in disgust.

As for your "friends at JPL" -- we'll, we're friendly to the janitor here too. Noblesse oblige.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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