Hat tip to WeaselZippers for mentioning this one.
NASA’s plans to return astronauts to the moon are dead. So are the rockets being designed to take them there — that is, if President Barack Obama gets his way.
When the White House releases his budget proposal Monday, there will be no money for the Constellation program that was supposed to return humans to the moon by 2020. The troubled and expensive Ares I rocket that was to replace the space shuttle to ferry humans to space will be gone, along with money for its bigger brother, the Ares V cargo rocket that was to launch the fuel and supplies needed to take humans back to the moon.
There will be no lunar landers, no moon bases, no Constellation program at all.
In their place, according to White House insiders, agency officials, industry executives and congressional sources familiar with Obama’s long-awaited plans for the space agency, NASA will look at developing a new “heavy-lift” rocket that one day will take humans and robots to explore beyond low Earth orbit. But that day will be years — possibly even a decade or more — away.
In the meantime, the White House will direct NASA to concentrate on Earth-science projects — principally, researching and monitoring climate change
Kosmas, along with my representative Bill Posey (R, FL-15), represent all the the residents of the Florida Space Coast. The vast majority of Kosmas’ district is dependent on NASA’s space flight operations for their livelihood, either directly or indirectly. During the 2008 campaign, Obama gave Kosmas and Bill Nelson explicit assurances that NASA would be funded, and that the job layoffs due to the ending of the Shuttle Program would be temporary.
Well not so much.
FL-15 will not be affected as much, since the southern portion of the district includes several large business that are not connected to the space program. But FL-24 is not so lucky. Cancellation of the Constellation program is going to be a disaster for her district of epic proportions.
I now eagerly await who is going to declare, and run against her.