Obama win puts NASA over the moon
Fri, 09 Nov 2012 2:10p.m.
By Dan Satherley
NASA is planning to send astronauts to the far side of the Moon and beyond now that Barack Obama has won re-election, according to reports.
Website Space.com quotes a space policy expert, who says the White House has already cleared the plans, but was keeping them under wraps until after the November 6 election.
John Logsdon, a professor emeritus at George Washington University, says if Republican challenger Mitt Romney had been elected, NASA's plans would have been scaled back, if not cancelled, due to funding restrictions or cuts.
"NASA has been evolving its thinking, and its latest charts have inserted a new element of cislunar/lunar gateway/Earth-moon L2 sort of stuff into the plan," says Prof Logsdon.
"They've been holding off announcing that until after the election."
'L2' refers to what's known as a lagrange point, which is a spot in space where the gravitational pull of two bodies (in this case, the Sun and the Earth) is balanced with the centrifugal force of an object in orbit, allowing spacecraft to 'park' in place, saving time and money on future trips. The 'L2' point NASA wants to investigate lies about 1,500,000km further away from the Sun than the Earth.
Obama told NASA in 2010 to prepare to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025, with test flights of its new Space Launch System rocket possible in 2017 and the first manned flights to the 'L2' point in 2021.
"We just recently delivered a comprehensive report to Congress outlining our destinations, which makes clear that SLS will go way beyond low-Earth orbit to explore the expansive space around the Earth-moon system, near-Earth asteroids, the moon, and ultimately, Mars," NASA deputy chief Lori Garver said in September.
"Let me say that again: We're going back to the moon, attempting a first-ever mission to send humans to an asteroid and actively developing a plan to take Americans to Mars."
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9/11/2012 8:38:16 p.m.
I want to become an astronaut and work for NASA! Without Obama I don't think I could acheive this as Mitt Romney would have brought down the whole organisation of NASA!!!
9/11/2012 5:46:48 p.m.
Good luck with that one, since we're now borrowing 4cents on every dollar spent to keep this economy from going off the cliff..Allready I hear that Boing aircraft is laying off 1000 workers, wich if you add it up will cause low production accross the board with everone involved in the aicraft industry, not to mention all the other buisinesses, small and large that are going to shut down, or scale down also, and what that's going to do with less money going to the treasury, as far as taxes, to spend on programs such as s.s. medicare, welfare, medicaid, food stamps and such..You people at nasa, should realize that what Obama promissed the last time, he did not deliver on, and what makes you think that he's going to deliver on this one, since the national debt is now over 16 tril. dolars, and going off the roof?The only way that nasa is going to get that funding, is, if the U.S. sells nasa to the chinese, and they fund the project, wich would mean, that you people at nasa, would owe your souls to the chinese..Soon I will become 70 years of age, and I remember nasa from the time of its inception, to today, and all I can say is this, "the glory days of nasa are just about over, just like americas days are numbered."Socialism has roared its ugly head, and capitalism is going the way of the "dodo," so how are you going to compete with all those out there looking for a, "handout?"Remember ahead of time, that I told you,-"beware of the one promissing you the sun, the moon and the stars" especially when it's with other peoples money that he does'nt have and yet to be collected...Fom the wise ol owlPapa.............
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