Skip to comments.ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA
Posted on 10/27/2011 8:28:43 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASAs planetary exploration program. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity, being readied on the pad, will be launched, as will the nearly completed small MAVEN orbiter scheduled for 2013, but that will be it. No further missions to anywhere are planned.
After 2013, Americas amazing career of planetary exploration, which ran from the Mariner probes in the 1960s through the great Pioneer, Viking, Voyager, Pathfinder, MarsGlobalSurveyor, MarsOdyssey, Spirit, Opportunity, MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter, Galileo and Cassini missions, will simply end.
Furthermore, the plan from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) also leaves the space astronomy program adrift and headed for destruction. The now-orbiting Kepler Telescope will be turned off in midmission, stopping it before it can complete its goal of finding other Earths. Even worse, the magnificent Webb Telescope, the agencys flagship, which promises fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of the laws of the universe, is not sufficiently funded to allow successful completion. This guarantees further costly delays, with the ensuing budgetary overruns leading inevitably to eventual cancellation.
The administrations decision to derail planetary exploration and space astronomy is shocking and portends the destruction of the entire American space program. As an agency, NASA is a mixed bag. It includes a large bureaucracy and wasteful, pork-driven spending. But it also includes departments that are technically superb and really deliver the goods. First and foremost among NASAs most productive divisions are the planetary exploration and space astronomy programs. Kill those, and what is left will be indefensible.
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anything that smacks of american exceptionalism is subject to attack by comrade obama.
So he’s going to terminate their legitimate mission.
Can’t have no mo whiteys on the moon.
NASA’s leadership signed up for the muslim outreach, global warming agenda rather than stick with space exploration. Did that save them?
Nope. Marxists are ruthless in their drive to control everything.
Love NASA,,, hate obama. But nasa is a global warming and muslim advocacy agency now. The resemble old nasa in name only. Let obama do what he wants,,,, in a little over 14 months,,, proper rebuilding can begin.
Don’t you people know all that tax money would be better spent on socialist projects right here on Planet Earth? I guess you haven’t been listening to our would-be rulers over the past half-century.
His contempt for America has no limits.
He is the political verison of a hijacked airliner, heading straight for our strengths in order to topple us.
It’s all about priorities. Tons of spending on fetal stem cell research so Michael Fox might get a few more years of less shaking. Money to Planned Parenthood for abortions. Funding for ObamaCare death panels and studies to show we are over testing for prostate and breast cancers, etc.
There just isn’t enough cash to expand human knowledge of our universe, the science behind God’s wonders or getting humankind off a bit of rock called Earth. Meanwhile, Obama has AF one gassed up to go joke with Jay Leno.
Well, so much for the Occupy Mars movement.
But, it's clear that this isn't about money. I'm sure Obama is glad to have a few more billion to piss away on failed "social programs", but in the end, Obama wants to make sure that never again will America do anything that will capture the imagination of the world and display any sign of technological prowess, much less superiority over the rest of the world. It doesn't fit his ideology that America is an exceptional nation. Therefore, will will do nothing that would indicate that we are.
Socialism always eats away at public spending until there is nothing left but welfare transfer payments and political slush funds. We are well down that road now but the left has no answer but to do more of it faster.
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this was also my first thought but i know Zubrin and he is not chary in his use of hyperbole. word leaked out is not a dependable source of data.
Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASAs planetary exploration program
The first line tells you this is a lie.....the Obama Administration having a budget?? Has to be BS
We need more Martian voters!
Lemme guess. This is considered by B.O. to be a prime budget bargaining chip to play against house republicans.
"Well restore science to its rightful place..."
Hmmmmmmmm....seems Obama’s currently using NASA for Muslim outreach programs, and for boosting the AGW scam.
Maybe we’d be better off letting NASA as we know it go, and start fresh after we get rid of the SOB.
Everywhee I go I see more "Space Available Signs" then the stars in the sky!
It's those evil millionaires and billionares cannot create jobs and use space.
Another hippy demand from the 60’s delivered. Will a Muslim outreach department take NASA’s place. The Department of Peace will replace Defense. However, watch out for Homeland Security, that will be where the action is.
NAZI SS / Soviet KGB...Obama's (C)ivil (S)ecurity (C)orpse
Is the "Wet dream" of all (Stalinist) Democrat Party Apparachniks
Privitization. Make another X prize.
Obama is a dream killer of everything American.
He has said that he wanted to level the playing field, on a planetary scale, this is just one more step toward that goal.
Seeking the truth has never been Obama’s strong suit.
This will give Obama a few more billion that he can redistribute to Holder’s people.
God save the Republic....
I’ve seen the future, and it looks more like “A Canticle for Leibowitz” than “The Sentinel (aka 2001 - A Space Odyssey)”.
Similarly, Ubama hates America and when he looks at America and its Constitution, this is what he sees:
Damn that communist SOB. I am so pissed at this evil bastard. Can you imagine what 4 more years of this traitor would bring to this country. WE CAN”T LET THAT HAPPEN.
Let’s see..so yesterday Obama says:
“We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge...”
And today he guts everything ambitious and creative in NASA?
Go figure...grab your shovels folks...he wants us all down in the slave labor camps ‘building bridges and infrastructure’ until he can fully destroy this country.
Sorry, NASA, Obama can’t stand anything that makes America look good.
After 2013, America's amazing career of planetary exploration, which ran from the Mariner probes in the 1960s through the great Pioneer, Viking, Voyager, Pathfinder, MarsGlobalSurveyor, MarsOdyssey, Spirit, Opportunity, MarsReconnaissanceOrbiter, Galileo and Cassini missions, will simply end.Good, now we can stop wasting our tax dollars educating engineers and scientists, and outsource those duties to lower-wage countries, like our good friends the Chinese.
“He is the political verison of a hijacked airliner, heading straight for our strengths in order to topple us.”
Air Force 1 over Manhattan comes to mind...
WE all need to crash our Congressional representatives emails and ring their phones off the hook
CONGRESS, not the WH, is commissioned with jurisdiction over decisions concerning NASA.
They should have stepped in the minute we had the majority.
Now we must INSIST they do their job. We need to pound them hard and relentlessly.
This mooseslime CICINO is directing funds to ‘mostly Muslim countries’ to “train Muslim youth” in the space industry. His mission, as their puppet, is to destroy America. If we lose supremacy in space - we will never recover. Whoever rules space, will rule US.
CAll. Email. Demand.
Turn out the lights, the party’s over....
Spending billions less on these honkie space missions means billions mo fo reparations via welfare and other Govt programs. This is the something Bammy Boy's core constituencies can understand
How about NASA atmospheric temperature probe satellites that are up there to pimp their global warming agenda? Are those going to be terminated? (no way)