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Unformatted text preview: orking on the Constellation program, as well as reducing the number of employees at local NASA facilities. Shelby, the top Republican on the appropriations committee that oversees NASA, signaled how serious he was about gutting the White House’s proposal in a statement that started by emphasizing his success in shielding Constellation’s budget from previously proposed cuts. “The President’s proposed NASA budget begins the death march for the future of U.S. human space flight,” he declared. Canceling the Constellation program “does represent change,” Shelby said, “but it is certainly not the change I believe in.” Congress “cannot and will not sit back and watch the reckless abandonment of” NASA’s current plans intended to return astronauts to the moon, added the four-term senator who is up for re-election this year. Obama’s plan to privatize is unpopular with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Kremer, Universe Today, 2010 (3/20/11, Universe Today, “Obama Made Mistake Cancelling NASAs Constellation; Sen. Bill Nelson”, http://www.universetoday.com/60294/obama-made-mistake-cancelling-nasasconstellation-sen-bill-nelson/, 6/21/11) EK “The President made a mistake,” said Sen. Bill Nelson (D) of Florida in referring to President Barack Obama’s recent decision to completely terminate Project Constellation from the 2011 NASA Budget. “Because that is the perception. That he killed the space program.” “I know him [Obama] to be a vigorous supporter of the manned space program”, Nelson added. “But he certainly has not given that impression. The President is going to have to prove that when he comes here on April 15,” said Nelson. He was referring to the upcoming “Space Summit” scheduled to take place at or near the Kennedy Space Center on April 15. Constellation was the designated human spaceflight successor program to the Space Shuttle program which is currently planned to shut down by the end of 2010. Comprised of the Ares 1 and Ares 5 booster rockets and Orion manned capsules, Constellation would have sent humans flying to exciting destinations of exploration beyond low earth orbit for the first time since the Apollo lunar landings ended in 1972. The ambitious targets included the Moon, Mars, Asteroids and Beyond. Sen. Nelson made his remarks on March 19 at a public space forum co-hosted by Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida ,which is the local college located only a few miles distant from KSC and also by the local newspaper Florida Today. Nelson was joined by KSC Director Bob Cabana, a former astronaut who flew 4 space shuttle missions. Over 100 residents attended the space forum. Up to 9000 workers at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) are fearful of swiftly losing their jobs and livelihoods in the aftermath of the imminent dual cancellation of the Shuttle and Constellation programs. Tens of thousands more jobs will be extinguished as well in other states across the US. “By saying they were cancelling the Constellation program, the perception is that the President is killing the manned space program”. “The President made a mistake. He made a mistake because he did not stand up and lay out his budget for the space pro...
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