Monday, May 17, 2010

Neil Armstorng opposes Obama's Space Plan

Neil Armstrong opposes Obama's Space Plan and the cancellation of Constellation.
"A plan that was invisible to so many was likely contrived by a very small group in secret who persuaded the President that this was a unique opportunity to put his stamp on a new and innovative program," Armstrong, 79, said in a statement to a Senate subcommittee reviewing NASA's new space plan. "I believe the President was poorly advised."

The United States is risking losing its role as a leader in space exploration with its new plan, Armstrong said, adding that he was concerned with the looming gap in American human spaceflight.

"Other nations will surely step in where we have faltered," Armstrong said.

The old guard doesn't like the cutting funds to NASA. Sure NASA needs to re-group and re-direct its policy. Let the Exploration to Moon and Mars left to NASA. Let Space-X and others to maintain the Low Earth Orbit endeavors. Like supplying and shipping the crews back and forth from the ISS. Likewise, the commercial space industry to support launching Satellites for cell phones and DirecTV.

I would like to see a permanent USA Moon Base. Keep the High Frontier ours, not China's!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Gene Kranz on Obama Space policy

HUNTSVILLE, AL - Gene Kranz, the legendary NASA flight director who controlled the first flights to the moon and helped save Apollo 13, says President Barack Obama "has put our nation on a dangerous path" with his proposed new space program.

"My concern is this might possibly be the epitaph for the manned space program for the next decade," Kranz said Thursday night at an international conference of space mission controllers here.

The president wants to scrap most of the Constellation rocket program currently under way. It employs 2,200 NASA and contractor employees here.

From here.