The presidents proposed nasa budget begins the death

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Unformatted text preview: repeatedly said the White House and Congress need to find a way to pay for continued space exploration by NASA. The current plans would effectively gut NASA's manned space program, eliminate planned manned-rated heavy-lift boosters and only direct long-term funding for manned space flight to private industry. In addition, the administration has delayed any decision on government-funded heavy-lift booster development programs for at least five years. In the meantime, NASA's current space shuttle fleet would be retired and any travel to the International Space Station would be either outsourced to startup space launch companies or to the Russian space program, or would simply be eliminated. The opposition in Congress has been partly driven by high-profile testimony from experts and astronauts, including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first two humans to land on the moon. In addition, members of Congress, especially in the economically hard-hit Gulf states, fear that the elimination of an effective manned space program by NASA would be a serious blow to their economies, already reeling from the BP oil leak that is throwing thousands of people out of work and shutting down a wide range of businesses along the coast. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 100 Mercury Politics Link – Space Enthusiasm – Public Interested in Space Public is interested in NASA, social media campaigns prove Montalbano, Information Week, 10 (Elizabeth – Freelance writer 13 years, Informationweek, NASA Launches Social Media Campaign, 10/27/10, , Access: 6/27/11) AC (click image for larger view)Best Government Websites NASA has ramped up its use of social networks to underscore its latest activities in space, including the final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. A new partnership with Foursquare, tweets from Space Shuttle Discovery and a tweetup to celebrate the shuttle's scheduled launch next week are all ways in which the space agency is fostering engagement with the public about the space program. Because of the nature of its work and the public's interest in it, NASA more than any other federal agency has leveraged social media to engage with the public. An online catalog of NASA social-networking activity and celebrating its history are just two of the new ways the agency has begun interacting with the public in the last several months. Last week, a partnership with Foursquare allowed NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Doug Wheelock to "check in" from space. Foursquare is a mobile networking application that lets people note their locations at various business establishments or landmarks by "checking in" virtually. It also connects to Facebook and other social-networking sites. Foursquare now features a NASA-customized web page. On it, the agency provides official tips and information about the nation's space program in its U.S. locations. Foursquare users who check into a NASA-related venue also will get information about that location. In other social-media activities, NASA plans to mark the final voyage of the Space Shuttle Discovery with a tweetup on Nov. 9 at the Johnson Space Center. The space shuttle is scheduled for launch Nov. 1 for an 11-day trip to deliver components to the International Space Station . The tweetup is open to...
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