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Obama To Revive NASA’s Capsule Concept

From Central Florida’s News 13:

Members from 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, background, along with NASA, conduct a sea worthiness test on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 with a full-size mockup of the Orion Crew capsule at Port Canaveral, Fla.

Obama To Revive NASA Crew Capsule Concept

April 13, 2010

Reported by Stephanie Coueignoux

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — President Barack Obama will announce Thursday that he is reviving NASA’s crew capsule concept that he cancelled with the rest of the moon program earlier this year.

With the shuttle program retiring next year, residents are hoping this decision helps lessen the blow to Central Florida.

When the shuttle program ends next year, anywhere from 7,000 to 9,000 people could be out of work.  But by keeping the Orion capsule going, as many as 2,500 jobs could come back to Central Florida.

Obama is headed to Kennedy Space Center on Thursday where he’s expected to make this announcement.   

News 13 spoke with space expert Dale Ketcham about the decision. He calls this development encouraging, and says it shows that the president is serious about investing in space exploration.

"What we hope to hear on Thursday is that those job losses, however painful, that we’re still going to be leading the world in human space flight exploration and keeping Florida a big part of that," Ketcham said…

The president is also expected to announce that the Orion capsule will actually head to the International Space Station and not the moon.

Another major development is that officials said NASA will speed up development of a rocket with enough power to go beyond the lower orbit. They haven’t announced any intended destination just yet.

It sounds like the reporter here is far more interested in preserving NASA jobs than he is in preserving our capacities to explore the universe.

Certainly returning to the capsule concept is a step back in time, even if it is ‘cheaper.’

Whatever happened to the ‘space plane’?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama To Revive NASA’s Capsule Concept”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    When ever I hear politicians shoveling money at something for no other reason than to kick the can down the road to keep some jobs on their watch, well, it makes me sick.

    We don’t need 10 new nuclear subs, or 50 new fighter aircraft, or a new embassy somewhere, but guess what? It would lose 3000 jobs if we stopped building stuff we don’t really need.

    If the government operated the Pony Express, we would still have it today. We don’t want to lose all those valuable jobs you know.

  2. TwilightZoned says:

    “Obama is headed to Kennedy Space Center on Thursday where he’s expected to make this announcement.”

    Please! Oh, please! Can we send Barry up in a capsule on a no return ticket?

  3. crate says:

    Well I know nothing of this type of NASA capsule concept.. I do know one thing that is true.. President Obama is a liar.. Time and time again.. so if he is for this, i am against it. Sorry to those of you who will say I am just wrong and picking on the poor guy.. Everything he has done is a fail.. He is destroying our country on purpose to put America in its place, and stopping the shuttle program will be downgrading the USA space program….IMO!

    • proreason says:

      No need to apologize, crate. It’s not that he’s just another liar.

      He gets up in the middle of the night to practice lying to the mirror.

      When he baby-talked to his daughters, he lied.

      When he tells the dog to fetch the ball, there isn’t one.

      When he gives himself a pep talk….he’s lying.

      He’s the Picasso of liars. Like Babe Ruth, he has lifted lying to an entirely new level. A thousand years from now, he’ll be known as the guy that Einstein’d lying.

      The word “lie” will disappear from the dictionary and will be replaced with the word “obama”.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The lying liar who lies. You’ll notice he never says anything to the effect of, “I would be lying if I said…..”

  4. jobeth says:

    Along with his constant apologies…now he is working toward us going back to the 60s space level…you know so we aren’t ahead of those 2nd world countries who have managed to sent up a rocket for the first time.


    Now that we thought he was killing NASA’s space program all together..this will seem like a wonderful ‘compromise.


    What Pro said…because he is right. Obalmy can’t speak if he isn’t lying.

    A, B, C, or all of the above.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Obama at Cape Canaveral:

    “For nearly half a century, the United States led the charge into space. Join me now while we jump into tomorrow with yesterday’s technology!”

    (It’s an old joke in the aerospace world, so apologies if you’ve heard it)

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