The Manned Space Program Is In Deeper Trouble And Greater Turmoil Than At Any Time Since The US Landed Men On The Moon

Work Continues On Constellation Despite Being “Dead” Soon The Los Angeles Times (7/18, Vartabedian) reported that even though Constellation is “almost certainly…dead within months,” work “continues at Plum Brook Station and other NASA centers and at private aerospace companies across the nation, where more than 14,000 people are still working on Constellation. Under pressure from […]
Work Continues On Constellation Despite Being “Dead” Soon The Los Angeles Times (7/18, Vartabedian) reported that even though Constellation is “almost certainly…dead within months,” work “continues at Plum Brook Station and other NASA centers and at private aerospace companies across the nation, where more than 14,000 people are still working on Constellation. Under pressure from Congress, NASA has been spending an average of about $9 million a day on the project.” According to the article, the US “now appears to lack not only the resources to mount a major human space program, but also the political will to eliminate the thousands of jobs connected with it.” Furthermore, “veteran space industry observers say the manned space program is in deeper trouble and greater turmoil than at any time since the US landed men on the moon.” “The choice is: Do we have a space program or a jobs program, because we can’t have both,” said Jeff Greason, president of XCOR Aerospace Inc. in Mojave and a member of a presidential panel that delivered a scathing assessment of the space program last year. Politicians cannot agree on long-term goals for the human spaceflight program, and the vast network of NASA facilities and private contractors is unable to make plans that keep pace with political action in the capital. More at http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/17/nation/la-na-nasa-future-20100718