Congress Backs Obama Plan on NASA's Future

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Congress has approved a blueprint for NASA's
future that extends the life of the space shuttle program while
backing President Barack Obama's intent to use commercial carriers
to lift humans into near-Earth space.
The House vote late Wednesday sends to Obama a bill that
rewrites NASA's space agenda. It dismantles the program under which
former President George W. Bush sought to return astronauts to the
moon, and extends the life of the International Space Station from
2015 to 2020.
The bill relies mainly on the still-nascent commercial space
industry to transport astronauts to the space station over the next
five years. But in a nod to concerns about NASA jobs, it also
speeds up development of a heavy launch vehicle and funds the
shuttle program for another year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2010 at 08:37 PM
    Mad-voter Do you have any idea how many products and industries have been spun off from items developed through the space program? How ignorant of you to make such a statement about curtailing spending on this program.
  • by Down South on Sep 30, 2010 at 09:49 AM
    Mad-Voter, apparently you did not read the article.....It dismantles the program under which former President George W. Bush sought to return astronauts to the moon, and extends the life of the International Space Station from 2015 to 2020.
  • by mad-voter on Sep 30, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    This is one thing I agree with OweBummer about, when the country is in this bad of shape we need to spend the billions it would take to go back to the moon like we need a hole in our heads...
  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Sep 30, 2010 at 05:38 AM
    Don't fear, China will take humanity to the stars!!
  • by NOW? on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:36 AM
    What NOW that he actually graced Florida for ONE of our multiple problems- NOW, we get funding for something that requires half a brain to do the job?
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