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Rep. Schiff Applauds Decision to Reject NASA Request to Divert Mars Funds
SPX ^ | Mar 12, 2012

Posted on 04/19/2012 12:17:49 PM PDT by robowombat

Rep. Schiff Applauds Decision to Reject NASA Request to Divert Mars Funds by Staff Writers Washington, DC (SPX) Mar 12, 2012

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, applauded the decision of Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) to reject a fiscal 2012 reprogramming request that would have shifted funds away from the Mars program, including a pair of joint missions with the European Space Agency (ESA).

The request, which came from NASA, would have begun the process of shutting down its cooperative Mars-exploration effort with the ESA, which is primarily housed at JPL. While this decision does not stave off possible future cuts, it enables Congress to properly and thoroughly debate the President's 2013 budget proposal.

"I want to thank Chairman Wolf for rejecting this reprogramming request by NASA," said Schiff."NASA's effort to mothball the Mars program is a disaster for America's leadership in planetary science, and I'm glad this first step has been rejected by the committee.

Thanks to the brilliant scientists at JPL, we have the unique capability to design, fly and land sophisticated robotic spacecraft on our planetary neighbor, and this is not a talent pool NASA should abandon."

"I will continue to work to defeat these ill-considered cuts and restore the Mars budget. While [today's] decision by Chairman Wolf is enormously positive, we still have a lot of work to do to put the Mars program back on track."

Specifically, NASA had requested to discontinue work on the joint 2016 and 2018 Mars missions being explored with the European Space Agency (ESA) and allocate a reduced amount to the study of a potential new future Mars mission.

This request came on the heels of the unilateral decision by NASA to withdraw from the discussions with the ESA aimed at bringing the Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA) into the cooperative effort.

According to reports, as a result of NASA's decision, the ESA and RFSA have since drafted a bilateral exploration plan.

Rep. Frank Wolf sent a letter last week to Administrator Charles Bolden outlining his opposition to NASA's reprogramming proposal until it could be properly debated.

Schiff previously met with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to express his dismay over the proposed cuts, and questioned the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy during a hearing of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee


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1 posted on 04/19/2012 12:17:54 PM PDT by robowombat
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2 posted on 04/19/2012 12:21:02 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: robowombat

Maybe NASA is worried about the Mars program detracting from its main mission: Muslim Outreach.

But there’s a way to combine the 2: Muslims To Mars!


3 posted on 04/19/2012 12:22:56 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: robowombat

President Insane wants money for a mosque on the moon!


4 posted on 04/19/2012 12:25:23 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: robowombat

Yo, Barry - compare the NASA budget and the GSA budget.

Which one helps the planet (well, not counting the AGW hooey), and which one helps da gubmint?

Which one is 10 times the other?

Get back to me on that, ‘K ?


5 posted on 04/19/2012 12:26:43 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: musicman

If Congress hasn’t passed a budget in 3 years and isn’t going to pass one this year, what are they actually discussing? What is the point of a budget discussion when there is no budget?


6 posted on 04/19/2012 12:45:02 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: samtheman

[ Maybe NASA is worried about the Mars program detracting from its main mission: Muslim Outreach.

But there’s a way to combine the 2: Muslims To Mars! ]

Mars is too good for them. Send them to Venus, they can help terraform it by contributing a miniscule amount of carbon and other trace elements to the Venusian atmosphere.


7 posted on 04/19/2012 1:31:29 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: samtheman

The Dems, not Repugs, have been against manned space exploration, but as a figleaf usually for the lesser un-manned missions (just as “green energy” is a figleaf for not wanting any type of energy at all as climate change proponents call for). Now, leftist nut Obama has already torpedoed our manned space exploration program, and to add humiliating insult to injury turned NASA’s mission into muslim outreach, outrageous, but beyond that NASA continues full-time as an official promoter of Mann-made climate change propaganda. Get the govt out of the contentious and partisan climate change propaganda business!

Newt has it right. Go back to the moon, but get rid of nasa. Scrap NASA now!

Now radical Obama’s gone the full distance, like from socialism to communism, he’s against unmmanned space exploration also.


8 posted on 04/19/2012 1:36:51 PM PDT by Hokestuk
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To: GraceG

I’d be willing to sacrifice Mars if we could ship all the muzzies, commies, socialists and leftists there.

Just think what a great new day it would be for Planet Earth.


9 posted on 04/20/2012 3:45:42 AM PDT by samtheman
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Thanks robowombat.


10 posted on 04/20/2012 6:50:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: KevinDavis

Thanks robowombat.


11 posted on 04/20/2012 7:00:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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12 posted on 04/21/2012 5:26:48 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Go Mitt Go!!!)
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To: robowombat

The powers that be do not want human beings going to Mars. Might cause too many questions.


13 posted on 04/21/2012 8:03:50 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: robowombat
JPL is in Schiff’s district
14 posted on 04/21/2012 9:46:50 AM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: samtheman

How about send them to the Antares system?


15 posted on 04/21/2012 5:04:24 PM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The powers that be do not want human beings going to Mars. Might cause too many questions.

The powers that be do not want human beings going beyond LEO. Might lose political control.


16 posted on 04/22/2012 5:26:02 AM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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