Skip to comments.Congress to dump Obama NASA plan
Posted on 02/25/2010 11:16:41 AM PST by Species8472
White House plans to axe NASA's return-to-the-Moon Constellation programme and ground the Space Shuttle have sparked unified opposition from Congress, which looks determined to preserve a full spectrum of US manned spaceflight activities.
A draft Congressional bill leaked to Flight International sets out the politicians' alternate plan. It involves possibly extending Shuttle life to 2015, running competitive commercial crew and cargo programmes and continuing development of Constellation's vehicles including a heavylift rocket designed to get astronauts to the Moon in the 2020s and then Mars.
senator Bill Nelson of Florida says of the opposition to the Obama plan: "I have never seen [Congress] as unified as we are now."
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Bill Nelson is a POS who needs to be voted out. Stupid hayseed phony arse***e. He is a big global warming liar.
They start opposing Obama and they might find their
constituants like it.
If this happens, and Congress does overrule the Marxist in Chief, I’ll be totally shocked... in a good way.
Best news I’ve heard all day.
I thought Congress might have second thoughts on this
You’re right about nelson but he’s fighting for jobs in his state on this one.
As a former astronaut he also probably really believes in the program as well.
Which goes to show that Congress is incapable of cutting any government program in any department or agency in existence.
Huh? Bill Nelson of FL is retiring? I did not hear that. He needs to be tarred and feathered.
watch for it...full-scale Dummycrat mutiny against Barry is imminent....
Obama finally managed to bring everyone together... AGAINST HIM !
Now he’s picking a fight with NASA too.
It’d be nice if he was the one packing to go to the Moon (or Mars)
I only wish they could hurry up and send him there though...2015 is too far away.
Rubio, McCollum and Crist are running for Nelson’s seat on the Republican side.
See that. Obama IS a unifier. We are unified against his stupid ideas.
I agree with you.
Good for Congress. They need to kick this imposter right where it hurts.
Good for them! I hope they get rid of his special plan to “share” our space technology with Muslim countries, too.
Reinstate the F22 as well.
And if the usurper veto’s, congress with all unified will easily override that veto. HA
“This is one occasion since 0bama took power, when congress is doing the right thing...”
Assuming they are not just posturing... House passes Bill, sends to Senate, where the Bill never comes out of committee, or if it does the funds are slashed to a level that makes no practical difference to the continued life of US manned space program. But hey, they all voted for the program and demonstrated their “unwavering commitment”...
Reinstate the F22 as well.
And bring back the F1 Saturn V motor!
I am lost. We know we are broke. We want government spending to be reduced. Yet people here want to blow billions on stuff that we have already done ( been to the Moon— Done that) and go around and round to nowhere with another politically correct crew. We are out of money. Shut it down.
You should fee lost. There is a lot of rah rah cheerleading on FR for things that don't actually make any sense. A lot of the reason that the scientific community oposes manned spaceflight is that they believe it to be an extravagant stunt that drastically cuts into resources to put useful scientific instruments into space.
What you are ignoring is ROI. The monies spent on the manned space program have come back to our society (and arguably, the whole world) in new technologies. These led to new products....which meant new markets, new companies, new industries, countless jobs.
No, NASA (in its heyday, at least) was one hell of a good investment. I’m all for cutting a HUGE number of Federal agencies....but a reinvigorated NASA should be very well funded.
good points. Thanks
Cookies & ice cream for everyone. The country is broke. Until you boot out illegals by cutting of benefits and have domestic energy production then we cannot afford any of this.
The continuous power of America achieving these feats makes us a superpower and a serious nation to contend with if you’re another country. It is also American Pride.
I can’t think of any contribution to my life in the last 20 years of Nasa and the Trillion we spent there.The Federal government should provide for a lethal military force to annihilate any enemy crossing our borders . That’s it. All else reverts to the state or the individual. We don’t need them in educating, providing transfer payments or Nasa.
I gotta look-up whoever is challenging Nelso, whom I despise myself.
Yes, let's leave it to the Chinese and Russians. We can come begging to them with hat in hand if we need a ride to fix those fancy scientific instruments.
Manned space flight is far too important to drop. This isn’t a simple budget issue this is a National Security issue. If anything the process to replace the space shuttle as a means of manned space flight should be sped up considerably.
like swinging in quicksand
No they're not, they're running for Mel's old seat. Nellie is still serving. We still have 2 more years of Nelson to go.
Weird to see Joss Whedon look like a bit of a prophet: who figured astronauts would be speaking Chinese, at least part of the time?
Of course you are right. We are broke.
I’m more interested in people unifying against Obama.
However - back to NASA.
Obama’s plan only cuts a program. However he still plans to increase spending on NASA.
“WASHINGTON President Barack Obama would give NASA nearly $19 billion in a 2010 budget plan unrolled this morning a small increase over the $18 billion that the Bush administration had planned for the space agency next year, according to budget documents.
The boost adds to the $1 billion that NASA already has received under Obamas stimulus plan. Combined, these two increases represent slightly better days for NASA officials and space enthusiasts, who have complained for years that NASA doesnt receive the funding it needs.”
Oops, you’re right, NonValueAdded. They are running for Martinez’s seat. I have heard that Nelson was going to retire, but perhaps he was only considering it. I recall the usual “spend more time with my family” reason.
Useful scientific equipment in space can fail or need maintenance. Building an elevator up to them is just not practical. Launching a MANNED ship to do such repairs is practical as it has been done. Hubble telescope is one example.
With our communications grid switching from land line to cellular and satellite technology the need is more so. Add to that the defense satellite grid and you have NEED.
Many federal programs should be cut. NASA does a legitimate function and is related to our defense. The cost vs benefits rendered from NASA has been a major part in the technology we use today as has our defense technologies as applied to our daily lives.
I don't believe so. Or, at least he hasn't made any public announce of that fact. He was just reelected in 2006. He's not up for reelection until '12.
I bet they took the 8-track tape player too.
Watch cable TV?
Have a Blackberry?