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The Future of NASA

Posted in Issues by politicalily on April 18, 2010

With the Shuttle program set to come to an end and the national debt mounting  there are many question about the future of NASA. President Obama has proposed a plan that in a sense would delay the space program while the country tackles more pressing issues and then when the time is right we would begin space exploration again. President Obama’s plan would scrap the Constellation program that was set to takeover after the space shuttle retires and has U.S astronauts catching a ride to the ISS on Russian spacecrafts. While many people believe many jobs will be lost across the country with the elimination of the Constellation program the President has assured the county that certain aspects of his plan will counter those affects.. Under Obama’s plan an American manned flight would not take off for almost ten years and when it does it would be headed to the ultimate frontier; the moon then on to Mars, rather than the International Space Station.  President Obama’s plan has been controversial and criticized by space exploration heavyweights, such as Neil Armstrong, but I believe it is the right plan for our country and so does the second-man to walk on the moon, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, who backed the President’s plac. It is better to cut NASA funding rather than funding for unemployment benefits, social security and the likes. While I believe during good economic times we should pay attention to exploring space and making new discoveries I feel like those programs should be the first the be cut when our country is in a pinch because they are not vital to the health of our nation.

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