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upset a carefully crafted compromise worked out last year in the debate over the space agency's
authorization bill. "While last year's [bill] was by no means a perfect bill, it did clearly articulate
Congress' intention: That NASA pursue a means of transportation that builds on all the work that's
been done over the past five years," said Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, the ranking Democrat on the
science committee. "I do not see it reflected in the proposed NASA budget request," she said. According to
Mr. Bolden, the majority of Mr. Obama's budget will go to the International Space Station. About 83 percent
of that is paid to "commercial entities on a contract basis." On NASA's agenda for the coming years is the
Mars Science Laboratory, set to launch later in 2011 and arrive by August 2012; progress on developing a
new "evolvable heavy-lift rocket" in 2012; and continued work on building a Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle
focusing on human safety features. The safety of crew members is "the number-one priority," Mr. Bolden
said. However, NASA's efforts in education outreach face a 5.1 percent decrease compared with the space
program's education budget for 2011. "These are tough fiscal times, calling for tough choices," he told
lawmakers. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics ***Links – Moon Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Moon Mission – Human – Unpopular – Public
Only 26% of Americans support human lunar missions.
Rasmussen Reports, 1/15/10
(Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “50% Favor Cutting Back on Space Exploration”,
n_space_exploration, accessed 6/27/11) EK
The feelings are virtually identical about sending someone to the moon. Twenty-six percent (26%) like the
idea, but twice as money (52%) are opposed to sending someone to the moon as one of the current goals
of the space program. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics Moon Mission – Popular – Congress
Moon Mission popular with Congress – space leadership rationale
Morgan Congressional Research Service Spet in Science and Technology Policy 7-8-10
(Daniel“The Future of NASA: Space Policy Issues Facing Congress” 7-8-10 pg 7 Congressional Research Service
www.fas.org/sgp/crs/space/R41016.pdf accessed: 6-21-11) TJL
Supporters counter that the Moon is the closest destination beyond Earth orbit and could serve as a stepping
stone for subsequent destinations. As Earth’s nearest neighbor, the Moon is of great scientific interest.
Missions to the Moon would provide an opportunity to develop and test technologies and gain
experience working in space. According to some advocates, the Moon might literally be a staging point for
future missions. For some in Congress, concerned about national security or national prestige, the
prospect of a manned Chinese mis...
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