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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Phased Shutdown of Space Shuttle Begins

With nine remaining orbital missions on the launch manifest going into the fall of 2010, NASA will resume the phased shutdown of the space shuttle program May 1, 2009, the agency revealed today. The space shuttle phaseout was commenced by President George W. Bush in 2004 as a part of an effort to return to the moon by 2020. President Barack Obama has indicated that he intends to stay the course and retire the fleet in 2010 after nearly three decades.

"The plan all along has been that we would follow the course that already had been laid out and resume a slow and methodical phasedown of the shuttle program," NASA spokesman Mike Curie said. "We have to do this to meet the budget allocations we have been given for this year and next year." More from The Wall Street Journal.

1 comment:

tbrew said...

Where the reasons for the shutdown purely budget oriented? What are the benefits of the Ares rockets other than cost-efficiency?