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Unformatted text preview: o sign off more risk-taking changes to the ISS that would save money. He suggests, for example, that the risk of needing to evacuate the ISS quickly is small enough to negate the need for a Crew Return Vehicle. He also suggests that instead of spending $4 billion on the Space Launch Initiative, NASA should put the money into upgrading the Space Shuttle. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 197 Mercury Politics Space Station – Unpopular – AT – Space Research Popular Research costs and inefficiencies make the plan an impossible sell Chapman, former astronaut and MIT PhD in Science in Instrumentation, 3 (Phillip K., 5-30-3, “The Failure of NASA: And A Way Out” accessed: 6-27-11 part 1) TJL The cutbacks gutted the research program, by eliminating much of the scientific equipment aboard the station, reducing the scheduled shuttle flights in support from six to four per year, and leaving the small crew with very little time to spare from housekeeping tasks. If there are no unusual maintenance problems, the lone American may average 90 minutes per day working on the research that is the alleged purpose of the facility. He or she will conduct experiments by following a checklist, because the small crew precludes spets in relevant disciplines. The scientific program is thus perfunctory at best, with rote experiments of a kind that might win prizes at a high school science fair. (2) The lifecycle cost of the ISS, including development expenses and shuttle flights, amounts to at least $8 billion per year (2003 dollars). This is 60% more than the entire budget of the National Science Foundation , which supports thousands of earthbound scientists. US taxpayers have a right to expect that such expensive research will be of a quality that wins Nobel Prizes, but what we are actually getting are pro forma experiments that occupy a small fraction of the time of one person. The cost is preposterous: it amounts to nearly fifteen million dollars ($15,000,000!) for each hour of scientific work by the American crewmember. NASA has no chance whatsoever of convincing scientists that this is a reasonable allocation of scarce research funds. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 198 Mercury Politics Space Station Extension – Popular - Congress Congress concerned about declining use of space station 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. 7-8,, accessed 6-20-11, AFB] Issue for Congress: “The Gap” and Utilization of the Space Station In order to fund the cost of the Vision and because of safety concerns following the Columbia disaster in 2003, NASA intends to end the space shuttle program once construction of the ISS is complete in 2010. The shuttle’s successors, Orion and Ares I, are not expected to be ready for crewed flight until at least 2015. The difference between these dates is generally...
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