posted on Feb, 9 2011 @ 01:03 PM
WASHINGTON — A group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives is proposing to shift funds from NASA’s climate-change research
coffers to the agency’s manned spaceflight program, an effort they say could preserve what they described as the agency’s core mission even as the
new GOP-controlled House seeks to make good on vows to roll back federal discretionary spending this year.
The authorization measure also endorses spending $3.8 billion for manned space exploration programs this year. But with Republican leaders in the
House pushing to curtail federal discretionary spending, the letter urges Rogers and Wolf to ensure that NASA stays focused on space
“We must not put ourselves in the position of watching Chinese astronauts planting their flag on the moon while we sit — earthbound by our own
shortsightedness,” the letter states.
So the hopes of many here on ATS may begin to be realized for NASA. That being, the reduction of science spending for more manned spaceflight
For me it's mixed emotions, I don't think the two (Science and Research / Spaceflight) should be mutually exclusive in which they have to balance
between the two. Although they are correct in saying NASA should be following it's primary objective, spaceflight, but the problem is that other
agencies do not match the level of research and study that NASA provides. If i could have it my way there would be a lot of other funding cut first
for space...but alas, I don't have it my way. I think it is good though that we strive to accomplish more in space flight for the future though, I
would just rather have it come at the cost of military spending and war funding than research.
This being said, the research cut isn't all that devastating, and as I'm sure many on here would believe, non existent, with that research funding
being spent on Climate Change. Interestingly enough it's backed and spearheaded entirely by Republicans in the House of Representatives so there's
certainly some political ideology undertones here as usual.
So what are your thoughts? If you have something you'd like to say about Climate Change / Global warming go ahead and say but try and keep comments
relevant to space
edit on 9-2-2011 by Stuffed because: (no reason given)