Sun sets for NASA?
President Barack Obama’s 2011 budget request has effectively shut down NASA’s five-year effort to return astronauts to the moon, leaving the U.S. space agency with lofty goals – but no firm deadlines – to once again send humans beyond Earth orbit.The budget request, released today, would scrap NASA’s Constellation program to build the Orion spacecraft and Ares rockets for new < – a $9 billion investment to date. The request calls for $19 billion in funding for NASA in 2011, a slight increase from the $18.3 billion it spent in 2010.The request does, however, pledge extra funding to extend the life of the International Space Station through at least 2020 and offers $6 billion over five years to supportcommercially built spaceships to launch NASA astronauts into space. The space agency’s three remaining space shuttles are due to retire later this year.
The plan should make Elon Musk ans SpaceX happy. What do our readers think?
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