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Unformatted text preview: ) Congress and public oppose cutting Constellation and Moon programs – multiple reasons 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. 11, opencrs.com/document/R41016/, accessed 6-20-11, AFB] Human Spaceflight: Administration Proposals In its FY2011 budget request, the Obama Administration proposed cancelling the Constellation program and eliminating the return of humans to the Moon as NASA’s primary goal.36 Instead, NASA would encourage the private sector to develop commercial space transportation services to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. For spaceflight beyond Earth orbit, NASA would emphasize longterm technology development rather than near-term development of specific flight systems. Operation of the International Space Station would continue until at least 2020. When asked about destinations for future human exploration of space, NASA officials stated that Mars would be the ultimate goal, but that other intermediate destinations would come first. They described these proposals as consistent with the “Flexible Path” option identified by the Augustine committee. Congressional and Public Reaction Congress and the public at large reacted mostly negatively to the Administration’s proposals. Their concerns included the potential negative impact of Constellation’s cancellation on employment in the aerospace industry, the lack of a specific destination and schedule to replace the goal of returning humans to the Moon, and the risk that the private sector might not in fact develop commercial space transportation services that meet NASA’s needs. In the media, attention focused on the proposed cancellation of Constellation, with less notice of the programs that would replace it, such as increased technology development and stimulation of commercial space transportation services . Press accounts often reported the Administration’s proposals as cutting NASA’s budget, or eliminating its human spaceflight program, even though the proposed FY2011 budget for NASA was actually an increase over previous plans and included other human spaceflight activities to replace Constellation. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 135 Mercury Politics Moon Mission – Commercial Services – Popular – Congress Congress wants maximization of commercial services in moon mission 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.5, opencrs.com/document/R41016/, accessed 6-20-11, AFB] The NASA Authorization Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-422) reaffirmed the Vision’s broad goals, including the “eventual” return to the Moon and missions to other destinations in the solar system .14 It expressed the sense of Congress that “America’s friends and allies” should be invited to participate .15 It directed NASA to take a “stepping stone approach” in wh...
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