On the eve of the fullest moon of the year, NASA scientists were told they won’t be able to visit any longer. In his new budget, President Obama plans to eliminate the space program’s manned moon missions.
When the president releases his budget on Monday, a White House official confirmed on Thursday, there will be a big hole where funding for NASA’s Constellation program used to be. Constellation is the umbrella program that includes the Ares rocket – the replacement for the aging space shuttles.
NASA will receive an additional $5.9 billion over five years, some of which will be used to extend the life of the International Space Station to 2020. The official said it also will be used to entice companies to build private spacecraft to ferry astronauts to the space station after the space shuttle retires.
This is very, very sad to me and a case of being penny wise and pound foolish. I grew up with JFK’s vision of space exploration and watched every single launch in the Mercury and Apollo programs live on TV in the classroom. NASA was in the process of developing the new Ares rocket which would have powered the next generation of space vehicles. The distinct possibility of water on the moon has just been demonstrated and we are going to outsource our space programs to private industry (OK) and to the Russians (not OK). We won the space race and now we are going to take our marbles and go home.
This at a time when other nations are developing their space programs…All the technological innovations derived from the space program for the benefit of all mankind…
I am gravely disappointed.