WTF Without NASA, Mr. President?

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April 2010, Obama was lying through his teeth talking to NASA employees, hoping to bamboozle them into voting Democrat, no doubt, in the midterm elections. From the BBC:

Barack Obama says it should be possible to send astronauts to orbit the planet Mars by the mid-2030s and return them safely to Earth. The US president made the claim in a major speech to staff and guests at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He was laying out the details of his new policy for the US space agency.

Forget the moon, says Obama! We’re aiming for a Mars mission! So, imagine my surprise to read this today:

In its budget submitted to Congress on February 13, the Obama administration zeroed out funding for NASA’s future Mars-exploration missions. The Mars Science Lab Curiosity, currently en route to the Red Planet and the nearly completed small MAVEN orbiter, scheduled for launch in 2013, will be sent, but that’s it. No funding has been provided for the Mars probes planned as joint missions in 2016 and 2018 with the European Space Agency, and nothing after that is funded either. This poses a grave crisis for the American space program.

One last orbiter and then…no funding whatsoever? How will this further your announced goal of manned missions to Mars? Was this just another in a long line of promises with an expiration date, Mr. Obama? Another line in a speech pandering to whatever audience you were in front of because it sounded good at the time?

It used to be a common rhetorical question, “If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we do ______?” My question is, if the government can funnel million of dollars to failing solar companies like Solyndra, that they know will fail, and millions of dollars for overseas companies to make electric cars and batteries, why can’t we put a man on the moon any more?

When Obama talks about “Winning the Future”, he’s talking about future elections, not the future of our country. WTF.

He was laying (ab)out the details of his new policy for the US space agency.

There! Fixed it for you, Mr. Obama!

Update : I didn’t think of it before (second cup of coffee hadn’t kicked in), but in line with the political cartoon, maybe Mars won’t be the only “Red planet”?

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Curmudgeonly sesquipedalian.

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  • mickey_moussaoui

    It is doubtful that a typical NASA employed talent would vote Democrat so there is slim chance Obama will be motivated to follow through on this empty promise

    • Proof

      His speech back in 2010 was back before the big NASA layoffs. Some of them may have mistakenly taken Obie Won at his word…

  • mickey_moussaoui

    He could always move the space program to Islam. Afteral, they have contributed so much to science. Besides, the surface of Mars looks like the middle east already.

    • Proof

       Well, there was that whole “Islamic self esteem” program NASA was supposed to implement, in lieu of actual science or space exploration…

      • flamemeister

        “In Ottoman Turkey in 1633, according to one account, Lagari Hasan Çelebi launched in a 7 winged rocket using 50 okka (140 lbs) of gunpowder from Sarayburnu, the point below Topkapı Palace, and made a successful landing winning him a position in the Ottoman army.  As told, the flight was accomplished as a part of celebrations performed for the birth of Ottoman Emperor Murat IV’s daughter and was rewarded by the sultan; there are no known sultanate records of the event or reward. The flight was estimated to have lasted about 200 seconds and the maximum height reached around 300 meters.”—Wikipedia

        They were way ahead of us at one time …

        • Proof

          200 seconds?  That’s longer than the expiration date on an Obama campaign promise!

        • mickey_moussaoui

          We were busy.

  • Roy_Bean

    For those of us old enough to remember the Mercury flights, Uncle Walter used to talk about the “telemetry” that sent back information about what was going on in the space craft.  That “telemetry” was the infancy of digital data transfer.  Speeds were hundreds of bits per second (not megabits or gigabits) but it was the start of a means of communication that evolved into the Internet. 

    With the exception of winning World War 2, the space program has provided more benefits to the American people and the world than any other expenditure of tax money in history.  In a WTF moment Obama is going to end it.

    • Proof

       Innumerable benefits to both science and consumer goods came our way via the space program. Plus, the ability and capabilities to boost objects into orbit may well make the difference in our military’s ability to defend our nation or our nation’s interests in some future conflict.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    The only “science” Obama knows or cares about is political “science.”