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The effect of the directive, which went out to contractors earlier this week and which Congress was told about on Wednesday, may accomplish something that President Barack Obama has sought since February: killing Constellation's system of rockets, capsules and lunar landers that has already cost at least $9 billion to date.
Originally posted by xmaddness
I agree completely with dismantling this program. NASA was envisioned to be working on the projects that are not currently possible. We have already been to the moon. Been there and done that. We already have the technology to go to the moon; why waste money on something we already know how to do? NASA should be working on the projects that we do not currently have the technology or know how to do.
Orbital insertion will be taken over by private corporations. This is absolutely clear. Corporations will be able to do it cheaper and faster than the government will be able to do it.
You know this is true.
In the end, the private corporations will be able to employ those "5000 jobs lost" and then some! That means less money out of the pockets of tax payers, and more money into the private business economy! Its a win-win situation!
Let NASA work on the things man can not do, and leave the things that we can do to private businesses. Put this wasted money back in the hands of the taxpayers, or towards something better.
[edit on 10-6-2010 by xmaddness]
Orbital insertion will be taken over by private corporations. This is absolutely clear. Corporations will be able to do it cheaper and faster than the government will be able to do it. You know this is true. In the end, the private corporations will be able to employ those "5000 jobs lost" and then some!
Originally posted by justwokeup
Constellation needs to be shut down. It was an expensive road to where man has gone before (using basically the same ideas).
NASA should be tasked with creating enabling technologies and infrastructure for long term exploration. Not limping to the moon on an Apollo re-run vanity project.
The business of getting to orbit should be a business. If government depts are the most efficient way to do things why not nationalise industry? Why do the people who are against government bureaucracy in healthcare support it for space travel? Whats the logic?
Preferring govt bureaucracy to private enterprise sounds like socialism to me, and i'm a european...
The obama plan is actually sensible and will encourage innovation. Its just not obviously sexy at first glance. Look beyond the hype coming from those upset that their gravy train is sinking.