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Friday, February 18, 2005

Democrats questioning NASA

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"I think we need challenging goals for our space program. I want NASA to succeed. At the same time, I think NASA is headed for a potential train wreck as it puts all its eggs in the exploration basket at a time when deficit concerns are going to keep squeezing domestic discretionary spending." (Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN))

What else would NASA focus on? NASA's purpose is to explore "the final frontier." I think some of the Democrats are angry that NASA's proposed budget got an increase while other programs received a decrease in spending or got cut. It sounds like they are whining to me, although I could be wrong. More below.

It seems to me that some Democrats are attacking the exploration initiative not because of the change in priorities but rather due to the fact that the President is supporting such changes.
"I am troubled that the President's exploration initiative seems to be couched in terms of having to walk away from important research areas in science and aeronautics if we want to do exploration. One of those important research projects is of course the Hubble Telescope, but it's not the only one. We should be able to pursue the vision and continue to invest in science." (Rep. Mark Udall, D-CO)

Unfortunately we can not invest in exploration and the other scientific agenda's that in my opinion have dragged NASA away from exploring it's true vision: Space Exploration. If NASA is to revisit the moon, land men and women on Mars as well as being the stages of solar colonization they need to delegate those other "scientific responsibilities" to other private organizations or simply discard them to the side. NASA's job is not to view the stars but to go to them (viewing can be done by the private sector). Fortunately, the President realizes this and has correctly aligned NASA back on track. Selah!

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