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Originally posted by djvexd
It will be nothing of the sort. He wants to push the privatization or commercialization of space and open it up to civilian space corporations. He has already stated he would like to see NASA focus more on the environmental sciences here on earth, to push his global warming agenda. Sorry guys, maybe our kids or grandkids but definatley not us.
I think people fear Obama is abandoning US leadership in space... I believe he does want to go to the moon, to Mars, but he has to come down here and say that.
The space capsule, called Orion, still won't go to the moon. It will go unmanned to the International Space Station to stand by as an emergency vehicle to return astronauts home, officials told The Associated Press.
Administration officials also said NASA will speed up development of a massive rocket. It would have the power to blast crew and cargo far from Earth, although no destination has been chosen yet. The rocket would be ready to launch several years earlier than under the old moon plan.
Just so you're not talking to yourself in this thread. Here's another update.
Obama will definately say we are going to Mars, but he will not set any deadline like Kennedy did with the Moon
The President’s Vision for NASA space exploration enables:
A set of stepping stones in space that will take us further and faster into space, allowing us to reach a range of destinations including lunar orbit, Lagrange points, near-Earth asteroids, the moons of Mars, and eventually Mars itself.