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Obama in Hot Water with NASA

By April 2, 2010

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It seems that President Obama is walking a tight rope in Florida. Looking for budget cuts for NASA, he has come under fire for his decision to cancel the Constellation program, which would shuttle Americans into space and return America to the moon.

We have two problems butting heads here: One is the problem of lost jobs in Florida, and the other is the need for budget cuts.

There is no doubt that the cancellation of the program would cost jobs, but on the other hand, do we really need to maintain a space station and go back to the moon? Weigh in with your comments.

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April 2, 2010 at 4:01 am
(1) mrjaspergary says:

i remember the moon landing as probably our proudest, awe inspiring moment, but if we can’t afford a cost of living for ss, bank bailout, billions in wall street greatest minds bonuses, wars, etc. i don’t think we can do space stations and moon landings. so sad, hubble, you are a great happening also, too bad you won’t be around for us to enjoy too much longer.

April 2, 2010 at 5:28 am
(2) PhilB says:

The only valid reason to go back to the moon is to do a thorough exploration of the dark side where alien bases are suspected of being.

April 2, 2010 at 8:42 am
(3) CJ says:

I’ve always thought that the real motivation behind the manned missions to the moon was all down to ego – and was if you like, a pinnicle of the race into space between the USA and the former Soviet Union – a race that in the present world economic climate, no country can afford to be part of.

April 2, 2010 at 11:18 am
(4) TEABONE says:

Many of us remember during the cold war, all of the reports of how our spy satellites could determine heads or tails on a coin somebody dropped in Red Square.

We do not need to land on the dark side of the Moon to discover anything the size of a lunar base, or even ET for that matter, if he is out taking a walk.

NASA’s credibility is zero with all the nonsense with useless, fuzzy images of the Moon and Mars.

With no atmosphere like we have, the un-doctored images we are not being shown have to be awsome.

April 2, 2010 at 11:47 am
(5) wldrylie says:

Way to much money goes into Particle Physics, with little return. Space would be more profitable, and eventually we may need a vacation home with with an awesome RV to get us there. We are really behind in space exploration and engineering new modes of travel to get there.

April 2, 2010 at 11:59 am
(6) Sharon says:

With all the money woes we are having right now, I think we would be wise to “postpone” any NASA projects for at least 5 to 10 years until we can get our national debt paid down.

April 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm
(7) furdburfull says:

With perhaps over a trillion dollars invested (if you can call it that) in the giant piece of crap space station, which is now compleate or near complete lets just abandon it. why the hell would we do that? just give it up, give up the plan we had to justify it, give up whatever the dream
justified the trillion bucks. Why OH Why spend the money to start with? Fraud? who was benifiting from the money spent? I think there is criminal action involved here somewhere, Where is the outrage again where is the outrage? this has been perpitrated over many many years; billions and billions of dollars every year for years and it is now not worth fooling with? worthless A trillion dollar project upon compleation worthless, again where is the outrage?

April 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(8) efreak109 says:

obama shouldn’t take the buggets away from nasa cause the first moon landing changed our lives for good

April 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(9) efreak109 says:

sharon is WRONG posponing the nasa projects would resalt in even more jobs lost and that what he’s not tryin to do

April 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm
(10) Scott says:

he canceled space exploration to pay for the healthcare plan that pays for healthcare for losers and deadbeats. Pretty much it in a nutshell.

April 2, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(11) cuebert says:

our debt will always be there. it wont ever go away. there is just not enough substance and space on this planet to last us several more generations. the only way to fix every problem we have is space travel. There is an unlimited supply of resources out there. We need to think long term not short term…

April 3, 2010 at 12:47 am
(12) SUZIE says:

Oh sure let’s leave the mess behind and trash another planet. humans will never learn, instead of fixing the problem—walk away.

We are not intellegent, compassionate nor
savy enough to head to the stars (planets, moons etc) and the Star Beings watching us won’t let us crap on a new planet until we fix this one!

April 3, 2010 at 6:01 am
(13) bill says:

ahhhh?you still believe the moon landing was real?lol grow up,only in the u s a,the rest off the world is not stupid.Yes was soo complicated back then?should be a easy task?but then now people will not keep secrets or think a flag is more important than the truth.

April 3, 2010 at 10:28 am
(14) David B says:

I would hate to see giving up on either the space station or going further into space because of budgetary concerns. A lot of people say fix all of our problems here on earth before we spend money on any further space applications but we are never going to solve all of our problems. There is tremendous waste in government, along with inefficiency and down right theft in various forms but Obama wants to give up on something that has given us some real world applications, GPS, communication technology and medicine. If we wait for some kind of economic utopia before we continue with space exploration then it ends here and now.

April 3, 2010 at 11:00 am
(15) gary says:

maybe it is time for a new more accountable nasa ?????????

April 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm
(16) corwin155 says:

Maby Nasa needs to throw out something good to the President
like maby admitting there are Ebe’s
Damit they can tell theres planets around other star systems
im sure Nasa can throw President Obama and the American people a bone for cripes sake

April 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm
(17) Scott says:

Acoording to SUZZIE we’ve probably never even left the earth or sould be doing anything but helping the people out on earth. Hey suzzie, I have some news for you. The planet will NEVER be perfect, we’re NEVER going to fix all our problems. So should we never venture out into space??? Ridiculous. You can go on wringing your hands in worry Suzzie while we dicover all the neat things space exploration will bring us. I’m sure we’ll learn new things about the sciences that will help all of mankind.

“Oh sure let’s leave the mess behind and trash another planet. humans will never learn, instead of fixing the problem—walk away.

We are not intellegent, compassionate nor
savy enough to head to the stars (planets, moons etc) and the Star Beings watching us won’t let us crap on a new planet until we fix this one!”

April 4, 2010 at 12:40 am
(18) Aaron Farquhar says:

You know why they wont go to the moon??? Because humans were told to Stay Away! The has been claimed by an alien race and they wont give it up. Thats also why they were going to send a Nuke to the moon.

April 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm
(19) Neil says:

How many Billions of dollars did we spend developing and building the international space station? And now we don’t even have a way to reach it, without buying a ride from the Russians!

April 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm
(20) DocSavage says:

The fact is that unlike President Bush, Barack Obama simply doesn’t have any vision for space exploration. Not even something as simple as returning to the moon. Simply put, America voted for the wrong guy.

Let’s be honest. At this point, we don’t even need ominous hints about lunar UFO’s, allegedly given by former Apollo astronauts, to keep humans away from the Moon. We’ve got Barack Obama, and that’s enough to stop manned lunar exploration all by itself. Every alien reptoid from here to Neptune must be laughing their lizard heads off.

April 5, 2010 at 2:26 am
(21) earthman says:

Space travel is mostly being done covertly. The black ops..Billions of tax dollars go missing every year..Drug trafficking helps too…Why are NASA and the American government so intent on bringing Gary Mckinon to trial in the U.S. If you don’t Know he’s story check it out on ‘Project Camelot’. The guy hacked into NASA computers and discovered things that will give you food for thought..Obama has a job to do. Just to pull blinds over the gullible masses.

April 5, 2010 at 9:39 am
(22) cMEgo says:

Wasn’t the moon supposed to be the takeoff spot when we go to Mars?

OK Nasa…
OK Gov higher ups….
Here is your answer…

Legalize marijuana, I know lots of people are against it, but hey, it used to be legal! And it’s not as bad for you as alcohol. Shouldn’t alcohol be the one that’s illegal? Didn’t alcohol companies campaigne to have pot illegal in the first place, so their profits would be higher? I wasn’t alive then, but this is what I read & hear.

That would pay off that debt quick & get us up to the moon & mars & beyond.

Also, isn’t there a Virgin Galactic guy running around making miniature spaceships that can take people to the edge of the atmosphere? Maybe they should talk about a co-op operation perhaps? :)

April 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm
(23) Jim says:

How about stopping the war in Iraq , and using the $2.Billion dollars a week That the wars are costing , and re route it to something WORTHWHILE like science , & stepping out into the solar system ? I remembered the Apollo Moon missions when I was a kid , & it was some of the most moving moments in my life , everyone was glued to tv`s around the world , & it was a moment when the whole world came together as one . We need to go back to the moon & beyond , and stop dropping bombs on each other & live as one. We are all on this planet together, & need to get past petty differences & life peacefully.

April 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm
(24) EJ Cox says:

The object isn’t to go to the moon the object is to meet extraordinary challenges hat space has and over come them. The computers we use, the internet, micro chips, technology of batteries, etc all can be traced back to NASA and it’s influence on our technological developments. We need to continue to explore space, push our boundaries and overcome the challenges. The payback is enourmous.

We should be ashamed that our only way into space comes from the Russians. Soon the Chinese will regularly fly in earth orbit, Japan as well.

NASA needs to continue to be funded!!

April 6, 2010 at 4:21 am
(25) SUZIE says:

SCOTT, where did you get the idea that I don’t think we ever went into space?
What I am saying is too many people are saying that we should explore space so we can find a new planet to move to because this one is on the verge of being destroyed due to pollution, global warming and over population. We ruined the planet we live on so let’s go find a new one to trash and when that one is dying we can move again to the next planet. I know this world will never be perfect especially with the type of human that lives here. But don’t you think that we have become a disposalble race, if it doesn’t work, trash it and get another one. What happened to fixing things? Nah we can always get a new one. (tv, dvd, planet etc)

We should explore space to see how other races have evolved, how did they grow without destroying thier planet, how are they getting along with other races and how they were able to develop the high tech that allows space travel.

But on the other hand, don’t expect them to welcome us with open arms, why would they trust us with their solutions? Why do you want them to “fix” our problems and share their technology? Are we worthy enough to be privy to them? Or worse yet, they give us the solutions and we don’t take their advice because of our self-righteous attitude
(pride)

BUT if we are planning on going out in to space to take over a new planet or moon and to bring our we are superior attitude, shoot first, ask questions later, personalities then we should just stay home!

ps I’m not wringing my hands in worry about this planet. More likely I am sitting here shaking my head in wonder of the stupidity of man kind.

April 6, 2010 at 3:22 pm
(26) CJ says:

Fix our problems? Share their technology? No chance!
Aliens sharing their technology with mankind, would be akin to the Americans giving a supercomputer to an indigenous rainforest tribe, that have never had any contact with the outside world.

Welcome us with open arms? Yeah right. Technologically speaking, they may be hundreds – if not thousands of years ahead of mankind – but ethically? Socially? Ethics – and all those charachteristics that make us human, both good and bad, may not even be a concept that is familiar to many aliens races.

Many aliens probably view mankind in the same way that we view livestock – as a resource. Those that don’t, probably wouldn’t even give us the time of day, so insignificant would we be to them.

April 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm
(27) a. mouse says:

me like hot dogs from hot water too~

obama not even balck,

no wait,

he not even human

April 7, 2010 at 7:53 am
(28) Snake says:

Let’s see, he’s tripled the deficit, forced a healthcare down our throats, his polls are dropping faster then any president, and he’s “spreading the wealth.” NASA is the last thing he wants to fund. It does nothing for the collective. If I worked at NASA I’d be out looking for another job in the rocket science buisness. Maybe Russia or China, they are moving ahead of us now that he is cutting NASA.

April 8, 2010 at 3:03 pm
(29) wierdo says:

Okay so Obama is spending all this money on the international space station, but not fixing up the schools? that is selfish!!!!

April 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm
(30) albert says:

obama don,t want us going to the moon why? because he is from space he,s not one of us just something to think about you never no.

April 15, 2010 at 11:30 pm
(31) SadieJane says:

Either way it is just a political decision.

NASA is totally deceptive in what they do, where they go, and what they find.
The government heavily uses NASA for their black projects, as well. That gives them rational to classify everything as top secret.

But there has been growing pressure for NASA to release more records, as it is publically funded agency. By contrast, private corporations can be used, and not subject to same FOIA hassles.

Think Blackwater contracted to be in Afghanastan.
Their records remain private.

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