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NASA Space Program Almost Gone
Ares 1-X Rocket
Space Shuttle Atlantis
End of Space Program
On July 6, 2010, NASA told their major contractors who are working on the troubled Constellation moon rocket program that they are in "violation of federal spending rules." They were told to cut work back immediately by almost $1 billion to get into compliance. As many as 5000 NASA jobs from Utah to Florida will be lost over the next month. The companies were unable to close down as quickly as the government demanded.
This directive’s effect may accomplish something that Obama has sought since February, which is to kill Constellations’ system of rockets, capsules and lunar landers that has already cost at least $9 billion to date. This decision caps a bitter 3 month debate between aerospace giants and NASA managers over who is responsible for covering the costs of dismantling the Constellation Program. Members of Congress have dragged their feel and done nothing to help settle this problem.
At issue is the federal Anti-Deficiency Act which requires contractors to set aside a portion of their payments to cover costs in case the project is canceled. NASA states contractors are $991 million short of what they must withhold, so they have ordered the companies to find the money from the $3.4 billion they are budgeted to get this year for Constellation projects.
Several Congressmen are unhappy with the way that this is being handled. "This latest attempt by the administration to force an early termination of the Constellation program is nothing more than a disingenuous legal maneuver to circumvent statutory language that was put in place to prevent this very type of action," said U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah. "Hurting our national defense capabilities and industrial base are examples of the long-term collateral damage that will come as a result of this administration's destructive and dangerous political agenda."
Neil Armstorng on Moon
Thermal Gloves and Boots
Gains from the Space Program
Many years ago John F. Kennedy's vision guided NASA's human space flight program from the beginning. Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions were designed with his objectives in mind. Although there were skeptics who thought it couldn't be accomplished, Kennedy's dream became a reality on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong took a small step for himself and a giant step for mankind. The dream was to eventually visit other planets.
Yes, the space program is expensive but we have gained so many things as a result. For our homes, there are cordless power tools and appliances, smoke detectors, clean water with Guardian filters developed in conjunction with NASA, and better home insulation .
At hospitals there is a huge list of things like laser heart surgery, space telescope to look for cancer, body imaging, better artificial limbs. infrared thermometers, LED's, fiber optic forceps, digital mammography, just to name a few. There is a beauty makeover computer used by Elizabeth Arden, Inc. using a high resolution computer utilizing software designed for Mars
At the airports NASA's Langley Research Center played a leading role in lightning investigation to make flying planes in storms safer. They have also made Wind shear prediction equipment that reduces accidents and they developed the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System which helps avoid crashes with other planes.
Through the development of space suits they have developed a good lightweight roof for stadiums. The fabric was developed by Owens-Corning Company using a fiber yarn that is covered with Teflon. Pound for pound a moon suit is stronger than steel and it works for stadium roofs.
NASA also developed a method for determining the condition of our precious documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.
There are numerous things developed for farms, firehouses, science and all mankind. This would not have happened without the NASA's space program.
Space X Falcon 9 Space Launch
Obama Making Cairo Speech
Obama Giving Cairo Speech
Obama's New Agenda for NASA
Today we received shocking news as to Obama’s “new mission” for NASA. Charles Bolden stated the president has ordered him to pursue three new objectives. First, he is to “re-inspire children” to study science and math which doesn't sound too bad, except how is the head of NASA supposed to inspire children all across the United States. Secondly, he is “to expand our international relationships” which could be a good thing if we teamed up with countries that have space programs in place as they have in Japan, or as we have worked with Russia in the past. The third, but highest priority, and most shocking demand is to “reach out to the Muslim world.”
Which Muslim Country?
Now, who might that be? Iran?? Maybe, Yemen? There may be a couple of countries that have that have some knowledge, such as Indonesia, but most do not. Bolden recently told al-Jazeera in a recent interview, which followed Obama’s speech in Cairo, that the goal of helping Muslims is “perhaps foremost” because it will help Islamic nations “feel good” about their scientific accomplishments. Now there is a great reason! Will they feel better as they attack our soldiers, plan for the annihilation of Israel, plan future attacks on our country, running their terrorist training camps or blowing themselves up in crowded market places so they can take out women and children. Even the Muslims who are not terrorist have not aided us with our fight against terrorism.
Quite frankly, I don’t care if they feel good about themselves or not. They have to learn how to feel good on their own. It is not the responsibility of the United States to go around making Obama’s friends “feel good.” So while the USA spends money making them “feel good”, our men and women who have devoted long careers to the space program with enormous benefits to our way of life, will be unemployed. The companies who have worked for decades will be pushed out of business.
Bolden Created A Firestorm
Bolden created a firestorm after his interview with al-Jazeera as he admitted that Obama told him before he took the position three there things he wanted him to accomplish. Officials from the White House and NASA today stood by Bolden’s statement although NASA backed off the claim that such international diplomacy is Bolden’s “foremost” responsibility. On June 10, 2010, Charles Bolden wrote a letter to Senator Shelby regarding the constellation, which is available at this website in its entirety.
Speech to American University
In Bolden’s trip to Cairo last month he made a speech at the American University on June 15th. He stated that in the past NASA has worked with countries that are capable of space exploration. With Obama’s initiative this will no longer be the case and Bolden states the NASA has embraced the change. Obama wants cooperation with the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia and in particular Muslim-majority countries, even those countries have no experience in the space industry, let alone the knowledge.
Obama's Plan for NASA; Constellation Cut; Budget Increase
I think the space program has given us much technology that we wouldn't have otherwise. There are so many satellites out in space and we have cell phones and satellite radio because of them. It may take a few countries working together to ever reach Mars, such as Israel, Japan and Russian, and maybe a few more, but to want to add Muslim countries that are full of terrorist and have had no previous desire to explore space seems ludicrous.Do you think Obama is being honest in the above video? For instance, Saudi Arabia has plenty of money with all their oil but you don't hear about them working toward space exploration.
I wrote a hub a while back that I will list in my links that lists some of the wasteful spending that has happened with the stimulus money and over time and yet much of the money has not been spent. They said we desperately needed this money but a year and a half later it sits. I believe Obama is going to spend the money just before the election and that was always the plan to try to keep some of his Democratic seats. Today TSA announced they will block staffers from accessing five particular types of websites, including controversial opinions. Obviously there is no second amendment at work here. It seem that Obama is making changes as fast as possible because he is afraid of the election. We are the ones that should be afraid, as this country has changed so dramatically in his short reign.
Opinion Of Obama's New NASA Plans
Do you think Obama is making the right choice by including Muslim countries?
© 2010 Pamela Oglesby