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Should Obama cut NASA funding for manned lunar missions?

NASA's plan to return to the moon is about to vanish. With today's release of President Obama's budget request, NASA will get the new administration's marching orders, and there won't be anything in there about flying to the moon.

By Amy Kovac  |  February 1, 2010; 10:09 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Typical Liberal - Cut spending in meaningful and productive research and steer it toward false, ideologic science fiction.

Posted by: jahoby | February 1, 2010 1:39 PM

I'm not sure another moon landing is all that important in the scheme of things. Getting a replacement for the Shuttle seems like a much better priority. As it is, the USA will be completely dependent on foreign powers (Russia) to get US astronauts into space in the interim between the end of the shuttle program and the start of whatever replacement eventually is devised. Seems like a much better plan for a tech powerhouse like the US to be in control of its own program and to be investing money into it rather than paying a fare to another country for rides on their ancient spacecraft.

Posted by: xjones | February 1, 2010 1:46 PM

Jahoby- I agree with your comment that it is true meaningful spending, the tax dollars we have spent on NASA are the only dollars that we get back in a positive way, think PC's ic chips, ...but you are falling into the Dem v Rep retoric that states one is better than the other, it's getting to be we can't trust any of them, they have raided our social security trust fund and are now saying it's a failed sysetm, what liars, vote out all incumbents

Posted by: scholar2008 | February 1, 2010 1:52 PM

I agree with the above comments. After serving at NASA 31 years and at aerospace companies, I know exactly what the challenges are for the US to stay ahead, and what it would take for commercial ventures to catch up. Our greatest danger is that we will become totally dependent on Russian rockets and vehicles. Once the funding is shut down, all of our space factories will go dark and existing providers will have to junk their assets. Many will not be able to recoup their investment. New, entrepreneurial companies will not be able to phase in fast enough. Our nation lost much of its electronics, computers and automobile industry to foreign companies. We cannot afford to lose our lead in for much more than economic reasons. We are now a spacefaring nation for economic and defense reasons. Just look at history to see that the world leaders have always had the most people and the best technology.

Posted by: wizar | February 1, 2010 11:09 PM

But I though government doesn't create any jobs.

Posted by: republicanblack | February 10, 2010 6:06 PM

America's Manned Space Program has been a source of pride, inspiration, innovation, and most important a sense of hope. In 1975 during the Cold War a glimmer of hope for peace shined when two adversary nations came together in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. It was the Manned Space Programs of the United States and the former Soviet Union that showed the World that the possibility of peace could some day be achieved through a common goal or purpose. Fast forward to the future, the International Space Station is not only an awesome technological achievement; it is also a remarkable accomplishment in cooperation among the 16 nations involved in building the International Space Station. America’s Manned Space Program is a very unique and important aspect of America’s character. President Obama please do not shut down the dreamers.

Posted by: dlamarr | February 12, 2010 8:41 AM

The Manned Spaceflight Program of the United States has long been a source of pride, innovation, and technology development. The spin-offs to our current lives include, small computers, cell phones, miniturized medical enhancements, material development for many life style developments. In these times when bail-out and recovery dollars are being spent on sound, but not yet existing technologies, in the hopes that those systems will blossom into something of equal pride and advancement as our space program, we plan to starve on the vine, this source of pride and achievement. This system is fully functional, employing numerous highly skilled people all around the nation. This Obama plan will put them on the street, in an economy of already 10% (conservative estimate) unemployment. This plan will shift our existing pre-eminence in manned spaceflight to foreign nations, going so far as to have to pay them for access to our own Space Station. If you tried to defend this action, while at the same time trying to state the system will be better in the future, you are fooling yourself. For those who forget history, are doomed to relive it. At the end of Apollo we let a highly skilled workforce blow in the wind, and it was a challenge to start up the shuttle program in the late 70's and early 80's with people of experience. This move seems to fly in the face of logic, economics, and US pride for the want of less dollars then we spent on AIG or the Auto-Makers. This is a pennywise, and dollar foolish decision, and I hope that someone can bring this program back into the spectrum of good light that it has been for 50+ years now.

Posted by: SVE105 | February 13, 2010 9:30 AM

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