Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Obama Would Delay Moon Return
Listen-up Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic pro-space advocates!
Space News [subscription req.] is reporting that Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama of Illinois would delay NASA's Constellation program by five years in order to help pay for the $18 billion education initiative he unveiled in a Nov. 20 speech at a high school in New Hampshire.
The Illinois Senator said, "The early education plan will be paid for by delaying the NASA Constellation Program for five years" which would result in a nearly decade delay in a U.S. government human space program.
Obama's position compares unfavorably to the position of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton who said Oct. 4 "As President, part of my mission will be to reclaim our role as the innovation leader. I will pursue an ambitious agenda in space exploration and earth sciences. I'll fully fund NASA's earth sciences program, launch a new, comprehensive space-based study of climate change, and reverse the deep funding cuts that NASA's and FAA's aeronautics research and development budgets have endured in the last few years."
Senator Clinton recently co-sponsored the $1-billion dollar supplemental to NASA that has now stalled in a Senate-House budget conference committee.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a strong advocate of his state's new commercial spaceport, proposed an education program without cuts to NASA last month. Richardson is gaining momentum in New Hampshire among Democratic primary voters.