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Gonzaga debate institute 2011 126 mercury politics

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Unformatted text preview: adership in space to another country The Sachs/Mason-Dixon Poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. A total of 625 adults were interviewed between May 23 and 24 nationwide by telephone. The poll was commissioned by Tallahassee-based Ron Sachs Communications and conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 122 Mercury Politics ***Links – Shuttle Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 123 Mercury Politics Shuttle – Extension – Popular – Congress Congressional support exists for extending shuttle – NASA Authorization Act proves Morgan, Congressional Research Service spet in science and technology policy, 7-8-10 [Daniel, Congressional Research Service, “The Future of NASA: Space Policy Issues Facing Congress”, p. 18, opencrs.com/document/R41016/, accessed 6-20-11, AFB] Possible Extension of the Shuttle Program Despite the safety risks identified by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and the need to reallocate the shuttle’s funding stream to other purposes, some policy makers and advocates remain eager to extend the program. For example, the American Space Access Act (H.R. 1962) would extend the program to 2015, and the NASA Authorization Act of 2008, passed shortly before the 2008 presidential election, directed NASA not to take any action that would preclude the new President from deciding to extend the shuttle program past 2010.72 One of the options put forward by the Augustine committee (Variant 4B) would include extending the shuttle program to 2015. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 124 Mercury Politics Shuttle Repurposing – Popular – Congress Uniqueness and turn – Cancellation of shuttle and Constellation put personnel and tech in jeopardy – Congress supports re-purposing Morgan, Congressional Research Service spet in science and technology policy, 7-8-10 [Daniel, Congressional Research Service, “The Future of NASA: Space Policy Issues Facing Congress”, p. 19-20, opencrs.com/document/R41016/, accessed 6-20-11, AFB] Transition of Shuttle Workforce and Facilities The transition of assets and personnel at the end of the shuttle program is of great interest to many in Congress and represents a major challenge for NASA. The shuttle workforce is a reservoir of unique expertise and experience that would be difficult for NASA and its contractors to reassemble once dispersed . NASA managers are particularly concerned to maintain key human spaceflight expertise and capabilities through the expected gap period before the first flight of the shuttle’s successor. In certain communities, the loss of the shuttle workforce will have a significant economic impact. For individuals, the loss of specialized, well-paid employment that has been relatively stable for many years can be especially disruptive at a time when the job market is already unusually difficult. Finding the best alternative use of facilities and equipment is important for getting the best value for the taxpayer. NASA’s transition management plan, issued in August 2008, establishes a timeline for the postshuttle transition, defines or...
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