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NASA Shelves Ambitious Flagship Missions to Other Planets
http://www.space.com/14576-nasa-planetary-science-flagship-missions.html ^

Posted on 02/17/2012 5:45:07 PM PST by chessplayer

Proposed budget cuts are forcing NASA to suspend plans for ambitious, expensive missions to destinations throughout the solar system.

The White House's budget request for 2013, which was released Monday (Feb. 13), keeps overall NASA funding flat but allocates just $1.2 billion to the space agency's planetary science program. That's a 20 percent cut from the current allotment of $1.5 billion, and further reductions are expected over the next several years.

NASA officials say this funding picture leaves no room for multibillion-dollar "flagship" planetary missions — a departure for the space agency, which has launched roughly one such effort per decade since the 1970s. Those missions include the Cassini spacecraft's study of the Saturn system and the so-called Grand Tour of the solar system by the twin Voyager spacecraft.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nasa; obama; space; spacebetweenhisears
20 % cut,,,and that's only the beginning. I knew dumbo wouldn't be satisfied with ending our manned space program. Now he will destroy our un-manned program as well. The future truly belongs to China as the US dives headlong into the trash heap of history.
1 posted on 02/17/2012 5:45:10 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

To destroy a people, destroy their dreams.


2 posted on 02/17/2012 5:53:50 PM PST by null and void (Day 1123 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: chessplayer; All


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3 posted on 02/17/2012 5:57:49 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: chessplayer

Every spare penny is eventually going to Entitlements and Interest payments. Before this is over, NASA’s only purpose will be boosting the self esteem of minority high school students.


4 posted on 02/17/2012 6:03:05 PM PST by rbg81 (scillian's)
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To: chessplayer

No bucks, no Buck Rogers


5 posted on 02/17/2012 6:04:10 PM PST by U-238
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To: null and void

Yup. And thats what dumbo is all about,,,destruction. I’m sure he has a better use for the money from the latest space program cuts,,,like giving it to the muslim brotherhood.


6 posted on 02/17/2012 6:05:42 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer
Before this is over, NASA’s only purpose will be boosting the self esteem of minority high school students AND MUSLIMS.

Fixed.
7 posted on 02/17/2012 6:09:25 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: chessplayer

So much for the fantasy that Obama was some kind of “science president”.

He sickens me to the core.


8 posted on 02/17/2012 6:09:39 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: chessplayer

We need the money for wealth redistribution and stealth reparations.


9 posted on 02/17/2012 6:21:08 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: chessplayer

If we could convince Bammy that there is such a thing as
intergalactic redistribution of wealth...........


10 posted on 02/17/2012 6:33:30 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Iron Munro

So much for the fantasy that Obama was some kind of “science president”.

He sickens me to the core.


He is as anti-science as they come.


11 posted on 02/17/2012 6:36:34 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

Bolden told the truth when he told the Arab press that obama had tasked him with making nasa a “muslim outreach” program. Infuriating.


12 posted on 02/17/2012 6:59:17 PM PST by Josa
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To: KevinDavis

“Who didn’t see this coming?” PING.


13 posted on 02/17/2012 7:00:34 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: chessplayer

Meanwhile, welfare handouts will continue to rise...


14 posted on 02/17/2012 7:01:17 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: chessplayer

Open source it and we’ll build these on our own. There are many private space pioneers now like Bigelow, SpaceX, etc, plus the very contractors building these projects now. These budgets are not in the petty cash of one private company, but if it is opened up, it could be done. I’d contribute my time and effort to send a probe to Mars.


15 posted on 02/17/2012 7:05:09 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: chessplayer
Rest assured that NASA will boost funding for Global Warming and muslim outreach. All that rockety science stuff just gets in the way of the new agenda.
16 posted on 02/17/2012 7:42:05 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: null and void
"To destroy a people, destroy their dreams."

For too many Americans, their dream is a free lunch, and the Obama school systems are turning more of them out all the time.

17 posted on 02/18/2012 9:32:46 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Truth29

Every time American jobs are outsourced, a portion of those become dependent new democrat voters.

Every single time, more and more, democrat voters.

“Free trade” creates democrat voters. Yet many erstwhile conservatives continue to believe it’s somehow good for us.

There is no other subject, on which so many on our side, stubbornly continue to adhere to a policy so plainly destructive to the United States of America.

None. But it’s a really big one.

America first. Say it, and think about it.

“America first”.


18 posted on 02/18/2012 9:41:25 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: rbg81
Every spare penny is eventually going to Entitlements and Interest payments.

Sadly, the United States no longer has a sufficient birth rate to support such ambitious long-term projects like interplanetary space exploration. Every current projection shows that future generations will need to be taxed at previously unseen levels just to support a disproportionately large elderly population. Sustainable exploratory space programs are a luxury of a growing population, not ours.

19 posted on 02/18/2012 9:58:04 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

For persepctive, we currently have a population of about 330M in this country. We had about 180M or so during the Space race. And...we were fighting the Vietnam war at the same time.

Its not a people problem, its an allocation of fund problem. We are paying for a lot of Human Services that we weren’t in the 60s. The Government has supplanted the traditional family and is also acting as a gigantic wealth transfer engine—that is the problem.


20 posted on 02/18/2012 11:47:08 AM PST by rbg81 (scillian's)
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To: chessplayer
I wonder how the Planetary Society likes their President now.

You know in the last glaciation the human population of earth plummeted to around 2000 individuals? Not good.

21 posted on 02/18/2012 11:50:26 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: rbg81
For persepctive, we currently have a population of about 330M in this country. We had about 180M or so during the Space race.

Yet our native population and real incomes were growing then and they aren't now.

Its not a people problem, its an allocation of fund problem.

The people problem is creating the allocation of funds problem.

We are paying for a lot of Human Services that we weren’t in the 60s. The Government has supplanted the traditional family and is also acting as a gigantic wealth transfer engine—that is the problem.

Our present and future liabilities due to entitlements are much greater now than they were then, and this imbalance is primarily due to demographic changes. Given these obligations and our present debt and ongoing deficits, funding such ambitious space programs simply isn't possible anymore. If our native population and GDP were still growing like they were then, we most likely would already have manned missions to Mars completed by now.

22 posted on 02/20/2012 8:01:16 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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