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Obama to explain space program plan at Florida conference

By R. Jeffrey Smith

President Obama will speak directly to contractors and workers in the space program in Florida on April 15, attending a White House-sponsored conference that will give him a forum to explain and defend his decision this year to alter the program's direction and long-term priorities, the White House announced Sunday.

The administration's proposed cancellation of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration's Constellation program to return astronauts to the moon has been jarring for the industry and its supporters in Congress. Obama proposed instead to boost NASA's budget by $6 billion but redirect its efforts at the development of technologies suitable for the long-term exploration of multiple planets and the creation of a vibrant private industry devoted to human spaceflight.

The aim of the conference, according to the White House, is to "focus on the goals and strategies in this new vision, the next steps, and the new technologies, new jobs, and new industries it will create."

Administration officials will also describe the implications for the economy of Florida, the longstanding host of the Kennedy space launch center and a key prize in federal elections.

By R. Jeffrey Smith  |  March 7, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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Thanks ... it's as if people here in the States seem to be only aware of what we can or cannot do alone - we need them all. We say we need them all in Iraq and Afghan Conflicts. We do not have the GDP base of the early to late 1960s and industrial-manufacturing capacity. The economy may be larger now, but it is floating on 10 Trillion USD debt owed to shore it up. In 1965 we were the largest Creditor Nation in the world - that is now China (and I would think) ... it would be wise to stop the saber-rattling and even get them involved on some level over the next 5 yrs.

Posted by: JohnOsborneNY | March 9, 2010 3:10 AM | Report abuse

Here's the deal. Nations by themselves cannot conquer space. It takes a Planet!
JohnOsborneNY your logic is sound.....

Posted by: Brogeorge | March 8, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama wants to divert attention from the Moon, probably because Obama plans to migrate there after his one term Presidency, since he knows how crappy life will be her after he gets done screwing up the country.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | March 8, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

The Russian Federation already provides much of the ISS's regular monthly needs by way of the Progress TMA launches for NASA/ESA and Japanese Astros and in fact much of the design and union/life support modules are originally Russian. Again, from them via the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The escape craft are all Soyuz Upgrade TMAs for 2010, designed and prepared when we retire the shuttle in Sept 2010. Instead of getting nationalistic and wishy washy all the way USA crap. Consider this ... help and design the next level with the Russians for the new Space Launchers and Carrier on the drawing boards w/the Angara Rocket Family at Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center in Moscow. These protos could be possibly built already or ready in 2-5 yrs and shared by both countries and the ESA. It costs 5X's less to build there and we get more bang for the buck. Let NASA concentrate on the long-range probes with JPL and share the rewards with our Comrades from Roscosmos (RFSA), the ESA and Japan's Space Agency.

Posted by: JohnOsborneNY | March 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The RabidRanters (Lunatic fringe) have no better command of the facts or Reality on Lunar issues than any other. Nonetheless, this is another about-face to a bad decision from a proper decision by Obama.

Firstly, Anti-Spenders, NASA has not an Expense item, but a wildly profitable Profit Center for this County. At least up until the past 10 years of further WH & Congressional micromanagement that proveswe don't elect many rocket scientists. In the mid-90s, inventions and research by NASA had produced between $7 and $22 to the National Economy for every $1 of Budget. That's better than most bets on the Kentucky Derby. And is precisely what we need to power our way out of the 2nd Great GOP Depression.

Creating a base on the Moon is a National Statement and needs to be handled by NASA. Congress & WH need to develop a 5 year budget then get out of the way. No Micro-managing.

With the goal in the 60s of creating a space station, instead of going with Saturn V or original big Shuttle and building station by late 70s, Nixon and Congress gave us a clumsy, expensive pickup truck with exploding gas tanks and a station still "under construction".

As for "pirate-izing" the Moon program, name one "private sector" success story in similar situations. From railroads to garbage haulers to Wall St to airlines to Detroit to Banks/Wall St to Military-Industrial Complex, there isn't one that We the People haven't had to bailout or subsidize with $Billions or $Trillions.

The Moon is doable quickly and the US will profit handsomely from the effort.

Posted by: Whittier5 | March 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

About calling Obama a draft dodger, my word - cann't you remember Cheyney, Rumsfeld and Bush - many determents - oh, I forgot, Bush was really working for the service organization in Louisana helping get a GOP elected. And now, the Palin person compares herself to God - He wrote on his hand, so she can do the same. What a mess this crowd has made, and they blame a one-year guy. Also, I am a Republican but ashamed of their lies, and her stupidity!. So there you go!!!

Posted by: LongRanger1 | March 8, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Space, planets, suns, will be here long after we have destroyed ourselves. Will as Lenin? said we will buy the rope from the communists when we hang ourselves?
We don't seem have much of a future with the clowns foolishly elected!

Posted by: gany1 | March 8, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

No need for space programs. Money needed here in THIS country.
Obama get moving on health, economy, jobs, DADT, and all the other things that are started, dropped, are ignored.
You will lose congress and if we had a parlimentary system would not be in office 3 more years!
Talk talk talk, no action!

Posted by: gany1 | March 8, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Hey,folks maybe we donot even need NASA and
a space program since Barack Hussein Obama,
VP Draft Dodger Two Joe Biden,The Whole
Obama Cabinet,Speaker Nancy Pelosi,Democrat
Senate Majority Leader Dingbat Harry Reid,
House Democrat Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
and all the rest of the Congressional Democrats are already lost in space,so why
don't we just leave them out in space and
redo the 2008 Election here in 2010? Just
look at all the taxpayer money that saves!

Posted by: Karen2009 | March 8, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

As one who participated in the building of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the parades in Cocoa Beach, I can sympathize with those who are protective of the program. However, considering the state of the economy, the moon and mars can wait for a few years. The Space Station, however, is an other matter. Considering the progress the NASA has made in upgrading this station, we should not leave further upgrades and utilization of it to the Russians, etc.

Posted by: insidewa | March 8, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

As one who participated in the building of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the parades in Cocoa Beach, I can sympathize with those who are protective of the program. However, considering the state of the economy, the moon and mars can wait for a few years. The Space Station, however, is an other matter. Considering the progress the NASA has made in upgrading this station, we should not leave further upgrades and utilization of it to the Russians, etc.

Posted by: insidewa | March 8, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

As one who participated in the building of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the parades in Cocoa Beach, I can sympathize with those who are protective of the program. However, considering the state of the economy, the moon and mars can wait for a few years. The Space Station, however, is an other matter. Considering the progress the NASA has made in upgrading this station, we should not leave further upgrades and utilization of it to the Russians, etc.

Posted by: insidewa | March 8, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

There is no reason to carry on with space exploration except to continue White-collar welfare.

We can outsource our outer-space needs to China and have it done for a fraction of the cost. Why do Americans think Clinton gave them the technology anyway? VP Biden is negotiating with Chinese industrialist (as this news breaks) to target nuclear tipped ICBMs at Beijing.

We, in California, will be doing space exploration from our living rooms when Governor Moonbeam returns to office.

Posted by: rpatoh | March 7, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money for welfare programs and po' people, but nothing for science and technology.

That's the Obonehead plan. We'll see this for the next three years. This econoimy is in such a free-fall, Obonehead isn't too big to fail, since he has reached this point and "Mr. B-" is sinking further.

According to reports, how many jobs is he going to save around Cocoa Beach? -35,000. That's right, Obonehead. Throw that into your metrics. More income tax revenue lost, due to your wise-arse economics team.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 7, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the explanation will be, the cancellation of the Orion program was one of the worst decisions by the Obama administration.

In any case, space program plans span decades, so how can NASA efficiently execute them if the politicians change them every couple of years ?

What will be the result of giving the propulsion projects to private companies ?
Answer : Huge bonuses for the CEO's of those companies + giant learning curve for them to achieve sufficient levels of safety.

Posted by: observer31 | March 7, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

That's what I said. Shuttle program earmarked to end. I didn't mention Constellation Program because I just didn't think of putting it in the entry.

I don't get what you are questioning me on.....but you know what....

you don't have to start your entry/post with an insult.

Follow?

So please clarify what question you are posing to me.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 7, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Please Mr. Obama, write on your palm: It's all about jobs, jobs, jobs.

Quit the self-indulgent nonsense and finally do the right thing for Americans.

Posted by: llrllr | March 7, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama's plan is there is no plan.

Much like the rest of his administration.

Posted by: JCM-51 | March 7, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Uh..."thebabenemo"...have you been living under a rock?

There is some legislation in the formative stages that would extend the space shuttle program and keep the Constellation program alive. Otherwise, both are cancelled this year. I read recently this means about 23,000 layoffs.

Private lift to the moon is not going to happen until there is an economic reason to do so. Sort of like all his green jobs baloney: the government can said money to companies so they'll hire people to work on green stuff. But unless there is an economic reason, an actual market for the stuff, it will die like a campfire without wood. We still have some vestiges of free markets in the country; Obama hasn't killed all of them, although he appears devoted to doing so.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | March 7, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse


how is he crushing space exploration?
the shuttle program has been earmarked to cease way before he came into office.

If we didn't waste all that money on fixing the Hubble (which was wrong right out of the factory and no one checked it) - maybe we would have had more money to run both the new Moon trip AND shuttles.

Insulting entries show true colors of how you are in real life folks. Better be careful. RNC already showed enough true colors of racism, bad taste, shame, and audacity in the powerpoint presentation.
Republican cages are rattling!!!!!
And now even newly appointed Saint Sarah writing on her hand can help ya!!!

BOOO RAAAAA

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse


Barry crushes U.S. space exploration and targets everything else that hints at American exceptionalism. Barry the incompetent boob Obama would gut the U.S. military too if he thought Congress would let him get away with it.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

WELL NOW THE HYPOCRITE SPEAKS VOTE THIS A HOLE OUT !!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | March 7, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse


Don't know where you have been.
It was announced about 3 months ago that we are reviving the Moon exploration and a second trip is the goal.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 7, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The POTUS can't get out of his own way!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | March 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

So TEN weeks after the budget comes out with no explanation or comment with the exception of reaction from NASA Admin Boldin, and lots of hand wringing, and nervousness from the aerospace industry, the President FINALLY decides to come out and explain something.

If they had a good plan, they have done a HORRIBLE job in communicating it. Heck, they've done a horrible job in just trying to communicate it.

Posted by: kolbkl | March 7, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse


Hope President Obama calls up Sarah Palin to get her advice.
She's a space cadet.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I think it would be wonderful if Obama would just go back to where he came from, write a book and leave this country alone. Maybe some of the proceeds from his book could pay down the debt he has created.

Posted by: jfacteau | March 7, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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