Obama NASA Plan Cancels Constellation Program – President Barack Obama had previously taken criticism from a number of republican leaders when he decided that he wanted to abandon plans to revisit the moon in the near future. While the mission would have likely provided very little in the way of science, many felt that it would be a show of power or at least a show of commitment to our space program. Obama responded to these criticisms recently when he stated that “the bottom line is, nobody is more committed to manned space flight, to human exploration of space, than I am.” Obama would go on to ad, “But we’ve got to do it in a smart way, and we can’t keep on doing the same things we’ve been doing.”
The Constellation program, the program that Obama scrapped in favor of other space exploration, had already cost the United States $10 Billion when he made the decision to cancel the problem. Today the President said that the mission was behind schedule, over budget and outdated. He may have a point. While the United States has not felt it necessary to visit the moon since 1972, neither have other countries who have had the opportunity.
The President said that he would like to see NASA accelerate the pace of its innovation, and also stated that he hoped that a new direction in our space program would one day enable us to send a manned mission to Mars, a plan that was also mulled over by President Bush during his presidency. Obama proposed that the United States increase the NASA budget by nearly $6 billion over the next five years to accomplish an acceleration in innovation that will allow us to explore space much farther out than we ever have before. The proposed changes to the space station will also silence critics that claimed that there will be immense job loss from the cancellation of the Constellation project.