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The administration announced this week that on April 15, President Barack Obama will journey to Florida, home to the fabled Cape Canaveral launch pads, for a space summit where he will try to sell Americans on his ideas for the space agency. Those ideas include abandoning plans to send astronauts to the moon and canceling a spaceship that NASA has already sunk billions into.
Obama also wants an extra $6 billion over the next five years to fund, among other things, developing the technology to send humans to Mars
He sees the April 15 conference as the President's opportunity to clarify and amplify his position, for example by explcitly saying that human exploration of Mars is the goal, perhaps with intermediate stops along the way. He urges the President to:
"Stop listening just to the budget boys and OMB. Listen to the cries of an American people who once again want to be challenged and inspired, as President John F. Kennedy inspired the Nation and the Nation came together and did what was considered to be almost the impossible. It wasn't impossible. It was extraordinary, and it was an American achievement.."
Only a week and a half remain before the much-anticipated Space Summit at NASA KSC on 15 April. While no public mention has been made as to venue, agenda, participants, audience etc., there does seem to be a general consensus forming behind the scenes as to what sort of rethinking might be acceptable to all parties with regard to where NASA human spaceflight is going
Originally posted by Ikema
Honestly? Why even bother? According to Hogaland we're already their and have been for years. I really enjoy Richard but I have to ask. Why throw good money to what he calls a "cover up" program? It can't be both ways here.
Originally posted by MOTT the HOOPLE
Going to mars is a waste of money,time,and effort. The robotic mission give much better data than any man mission could give.
And anyway so a politician say we are going to mars then when he is out office another politician cans the venture. It's all a load of BS.
Originally posted by theability
reply to post by MysterE
So let me get this straight:
He cuts NASA's budget, cancels Constellation and ARES. Yet now he imagines this bold adventure to mars, when we haven't gotten back to the moon?
UHH I think this president needs mood stabilizers.
If we are going to mars, the Moon is first!
Obama makes no sense.....
Originally posted by optimus primal
reply to post by Oneolddude
last year NASA received 17 billion dollars for all it's funding. if NASA were made more efficient, the bureaucracy at least lessened, and given say 50 billion a year with set goals they must meet every year, we'd make a crap ton more headway into exploration and technological progress.