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Unformatted text preview: 50 NASA Twitter followers, who will get a tour of the center and view various space-center facilities, such as mission control and astronaut-training facilities. They also will get a chance to speak to managers, flight directors, trainers and astronauts. Registration for the tweetup opened on Oct. 26 and will close at 10 a.m. on Oct. 28. NASA will select participants randomly from those who register. One of Discovery's astronauts also will use Twitter to keep people informed about the mission, which is scheduled to embark for the International Space Station on Nov. 1. Astronaut Nicole Stott, one of the crew on the mission, will be posting tweets from space on her Twitter page . Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 101 Mercury Politics ***Links – Privatization Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 102 Mercury Politics Privatization – Unpopular – Conservatives No one is pleased with Obama’s focus on privatization Simberg, Competitive Enterprise Institute adjunct scholar and aerospace engineer, 2010 (Rand, aerospace engineer and a consultant in space commercialization, space tourism, and Internet security “In Search of a Conservative Space Policy” The New Atlantis Fall 2010 #29 pp 95 http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/in-search-of-a-conservative-space-policy accessed: 6-21-11) TJL The political reaction has been, to put it mildly, bizarre. Some conservative members of Congress, who would normally be expected to defend private industry against a large government bureaucracy, have instead attacked it. For example, Senator Richard Shelby (R.-Ala.) denigrated private space companies as mere “commercial hobbyists” — even though that category includes multibillion-dollar firms with decades of space-launch experience, like Boeing. Meanwhile, the Obama administration, which has hardly been shy about intervening in and remaking entire sectors of the economy, has in this one instance declared its intention to outsource a longtime government function to the private sector. As one space policy analyst put it, “Democrats don’t think that capitalism works within the atmosphere, and Republicans apparently don’t think it works above it.” [NOTE: Space policy analyst = a former staffer for both Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (RCA] Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 103 Mercury Politics Privatization – Unpopular – Senators (1/2) Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) opposes commercialized space Pasztor, WSJ journalist, 10 (Andy, 2/1/10, Wall Street Journal, “Sen. Shelby Launches Rocket at Plan to Cut NASA Program”, http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/02/01/sen-shelby-launches-rocket-at-plan-to-cut-nasa-program/ , 6/21/11) EK For Republican Richard Shelby, the answer lies in his home state: the Obama administration’s proposal to kill NASA’s current top-priority manned space exploration program and partly replace it with an array of commercially developed and operated spacecraft would mean significant job losses in Alabama. President Barack Obama’s budget potentially could eliminate thousands of jobs among contractors w...
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