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Obama surrenders space to the Russians and Chinese

I would add the Europeans to the list, but it’s Europe.

According to the Orlando Sentinel:

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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.

And what will they be doing in it’s place?

In the meantime, the White House will direct NASA to concentrate on Earth-science projects — principally, researching and monitoring climate change

And what does it mean for us? Well, for those of us dependent on the space industry, less jobs. For the rest of the country, remember that all those cool gadgets like GPS depend on satellites.  Also our military is heavily dependent on satellites. Ceding control of space by limiting the research and technology to get there doesn’t seem like a very good idea to me. Let’s hope our Democrat senator Bill Nelson can talks some sense into this administration.

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