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A substantial problem for NASA will be the gap between the retirement of the current Shuttles and the availability of the new launchers and crew vehicles. At this time, NASA plans on retiring the shuttles by 2010, but the ASAP believes that NASA will face some tough choices on how to bridge a four-year gap until Constellation kicks in. The ASAP said that NASA will either have to rely on Russian spacecraft for its missions, extend the Shuttle program or accelerate the development of the Ares launch vehicle (and Orion crew vehicle.)
I like the way you like to change your posts after you completely disrepect another member, but I won't even go there. FYI, I read the entire thread before I posted.
Originally posted by Andrew E. Wiggin
What is there to talk about?
You are an OBAMA follower, who is not interested in debating the subject
pretty bold assumption on my character seeing as how you have never, once, tried debating it.
Try contributing to the quality of the forums for a change.
Actually, Obama's original plan doesn't give any dollar amounts relating to the space program on page 15. It says that constellation will be delayed five years to pay for his education package. That certainly sounds like a diversion of funds to me.
Yes. He has changed his stance. Why? Well - you'll have to ask him that.
I’m not going to make a proposal unless I know how to pay for it, and in one of our earlier proposals, we had looked at extending the Constellation program longer, and stretching it out so that we could take some of that money to pay for education programs.
In consultation with space community here in Orlando and around the country, my conclusion is that we have to have that in place to have a transition from the space shuttle to the next generation of space exploration.
I've now been working with Bill Nelson, John Glenn -- they've helped to unveil our plan. It has gotten strong reviews from the space community, and in light of what's happening in Russia, we have to start thinking about whether or not adding some additional flights on the space shuttle are going to be necessary in order to use the space lab -- the space station -- because, frankly right now, we don't know what our relationship is going to be."