NASA/Obama look to cancel Constellation program

February 1, 2010

As expected, today Obama submitted his budget proposal for NASA, which includes cutting the Constellation/Ares rocket program. Under the new plan, he wants to pursue commercial options for getting people to low-earth orbit, and focus NASA’s main efforts on exploring the rest of the solar system. This will no doubt meet some resistance in Congress and the Senate, but overall I think it will go through. I’m starting to agree with it more and more. The biggest reason is that companies like SpaceX will probably be capable of safely transporting our astronauts to the ISS much sooner than NASA’s Ares rockets could have (without a massive and utterly impossible funding boost). Read more details at Space.com and at Discovery news.

Now enjoy these two nice nuggets via yewknee’d:

Unhappy Hipsters

Sky:

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One Response to “NASA/Obama look to cancel Constellation program”

  1. imongrel Says:

    I think this is a disgrace, and a slap in the face to everyone who worked so hard in the ’60s to get people to the moon. If anything must be cut from NASAs budget, it should be the Earth Sciences Division. NASA’s a space agency. They should let someone else do the Earth stuff.


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