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ZUBRIN: Obama readies to blast NASA
Washington Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Robert Zubrin

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 NASA’s 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, 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.

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 agency’s 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 administration’s 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 NASA’s most productive divisions are the planetary exploration and space astronomy programs. Kill those, and what is left will be indefensible.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; budget; exploration; mars; moon; nasa; obama; omb; science; space; terminate

1 posted on 10/27/2011 8:28:47 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

anything that smacks of american exceptionalism is subject to attack by comrade obama.


2 posted on 10/27/2011 8:32:06 AM PDT by ken21
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To: LibWhacker

So he’s going to terminate their legitimate mission.

Can’t have no mo whiteys on the moon.


3 posted on 10/27/2011 8:33:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: LibWhacker

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.


4 posted on 10/27/2011 8:36:24 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: LibWhacker

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.


5 posted on 10/27/2011 8:37:12 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: ken21

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.


6 posted on 10/27/2011 8:38:04 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: LibWhacker

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.


7 posted on 10/27/2011 8:39:22 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: DesertRhino
Love NASA,,, hate obama. But nasa is a global warming and muslim advocacy agency now.

And Obama is making it even more so by cutting the legitimate mission of exploration.
8 posted on 10/27/2011 8:41:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: LibWhacker
Perhaps it has to do with equality of outcomes on an international level. If say Zimbabwe can't go to Mars, then neither should we. Technologically this is leading from behind.
9 posted on 10/27/2011 8:44:39 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: LibWhacker

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.


10 posted on 10/27/2011 8:45:56 AM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: LibWhacker
Obama’s assuring Mother Russia she will take the lead in space exploration. He already gave them the space station and no, it's not ‘International’, not when you look at who paid for the majority of it.
11 posted on 10/27/2011 8:47:32 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: LibWhacker
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12 posted on 10/27/2011 8:48:51 AM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: LibWhacker

Well, so much for the Occupy Mars movement.


13 posted on 10/27/2011 8:49:29 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Idi Obama = Just your everyday, ordinary, 3rd World Dictator)
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To: LibWhacker
So, Obama is going after NASA for loose change, seems like. Even if he took the whole NASA budget ($19 billion), it would be about 2% of the total spent on Porkulus. He's going after pennies on the dollar. I understand that organizations like NASA are low-hanging fruit when it comes to diverting funds to welfare abortions, but it's basically chump change. Then again, Obama is nothing but a chump, so maybe it's fitting.

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.

14 posted on 10/27/2011 8:56:14 AM PDT by chimera
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To: LibWhacker

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.


15 posted on 10/27/2011 9:00:52 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Where's he getting these ideas? He's not smart enough to be that stupid all by himself.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


16 posted on 10/27/2011 9:02:13 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: ken21

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.


17 posted on 10/27/2011 9:06:21 AM PDT by Movemout ( all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to look away and do nothing)
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To: LibWhacker

Word has leaked out that in its new budget, the Obama administration intends to terminate NASA’s planetary exploration program

The first line tells you this is a lie.....the Obama Administration having a budget?? Has to be BS


18 posted on 10/27/2011 9:08:11 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: LibWhacker

We need more Martian voters!


19 posted on 10/27/2011 9:18:13 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: LibWhacker

Lemme guess. This is considered by B.O. to be a prime budget bargaining chip to play against house republicans.


20 posted on 10/27/2011 9:24:40 AM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: LibWhacker
Obama's 1/20/2009 inaugural address:

"We’ll restore science to its rightful place..."

21 posted on 10/27/2011 9:25:41 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: LibWhacker

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.


22 posted on 10/27/2011 9:27:24 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: LibWhacker
Obama's "Sputnik Moment"!

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.

Zarkoff!

23 posted on 10/27/2011 9:31:50 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: LibWhacker

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.


24 posted on 10/27/2011 9:33:49 AM PDT by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: JimSEA
However, watch out for Homeland Security,
that will be where the action is.

Yhea...

the NAZI SS / Soviet KGB...Obama's (C)ivil (S)ecurity (C)orpse
Is the "Wet dream" of all (Stalinist) Democrat Party Apparachniks


25 posted on 10/27/2011 9:52:02 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: LibWhacker

Privitization. Make another X prize.


26 posted on 10/27/2011 9:53:10 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: LibWhacker

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....


27 posted on 10/27/2011 9:59:17 AM PDT by Gator113 (~ Just livin' life~........ leaning heavy for Newt 2012)
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To: LibWhacker

I’ve seen the future, and it looks more like “A Canticle for Leibowitz” than “The Sentinel (aka 2001 - A Space Odyssey)”.


28 posted on 10/27/2011 9:59:40 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (I'm an AmeriCain!)
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To: LibWhacker
Of COURSE Ubama wants to blast NASA. Everything Ubama does must be understood within the context of his primary agenda: Marxism and reparations. When Ubama looks at NASA, this is what he sees:

Similarly, Ubama hates America and when he looks at America and its Constitution, this is what he sees:


29 posted on 10/27/2011 10:06:46 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: LibWhacker

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.


30 posted on 10/27/2011 10:12:16 AM PDT by lwoodham (Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.)
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To: LibWhacker

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.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-we-have-lost-our-ambition-our-imagination_604022.html


31 posted on 10/27/2011 11:04:45 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: LibWhacker

Sorry, NASA, Obama can’t stand anything that makes America look good.


32 posted on 10/27/2011 12:47:02 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: KevinDavis; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks LibWhacker.
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.

An "extra, extra" ping to the APoD members.


33 posted on 10/27/2011 6:14:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (You're kidding about my needing a /sarc tag, right?)
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To: cicero2k

“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...

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=7439287&page=1


34 posted on 10/27/2011 6:17:35 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: LibWhacker

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.

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/whyweexplore/Why_We_29.html

CAll. Email. Demand.


35 posted on 10/27/2011 7:46:17 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (ALWAYS WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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To: maine-iac7

Turn out the lights, the party’s over....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsTAUs_h_uY


36 posted on 10/30/2011 3:08:33 AM PDT by greenhornet68
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To: cripplecreek
Can’t have no mo whiteys on the moon.

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

37 posted on 10/30/2011 3:16:46 AM PDT by dennisw (What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having - - Sting)
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To: LibWhacker

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)


38 posted on 10/30/2011 3:20:12 AM PDT by dennisw (What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having - - Sting)
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