NASA watchers looking to Washington today
Those who care about manned spaceflight -- pretty much all of Clear Lake -- are hoping for some clues about its future when NASA Administrator Charles Bolden goes before a Senate subcommitte this afternoon.
SciGuy blogger Eric Berger writes today that the most persistent criticism of the president's shocking proposal to cancel the Constellation program is that there's just no plan for human spaceflight:
Depending upon who you ask, President Obama's NASA budget is either a "belly-gazing approach to the future and the next frontier" or the foundation for a trip to Mars in a couple of decades.
Follow Berger's discussion at chron.com.
In a similar vein, the Associated Press reports:
For the first time in decades, NASA has no specific space destination for its next stop, although it has lots of places it wants to go.
Read more from the Associated Press.
The Orlando Sentinel, meanwhile, reports that Bolden has told NASA Constellation engineers "to refrain from initiating new work that is not under contract." The newspaper reports:
Bolden also made clear that he and the White House fully intend to fight any congressional opposition to President Barack Obama's proposed budget that scraps Constellation, uses commercial rockets to ferry cargo and crew to the International Space Station and reinvents NASA.
Read more from the Orlando Sentinel.
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