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Unformatted text preview: Moon by 2020. But while the Obama team's proposals boost near-term NASA funding, they cut spending by $3.1 billion between 2011 and 2013. If that money is not restored, the Constellation program may be stalled, and expeditions to the Moon will be delayed or called off. And some who strongly support a robust human spaceflight effort argue that, instead of Constellation, alternative boosters and vehicles can be developed faster and more economically. There is speculation that the commission could recommend scrapping Constellation. NASA is struggling to complete the international space station with the final eight shuttle missions before the shuttle is put to pasture. After that, the agency will be able to put humans into orbit and aboard the ISS only by purchasing seats on the Russian Soyuz--until the Constellation effort produces a new vehicle, no earlier than 2015. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) is one of the lawmakers unhappy with the confluence of budget and technical issues confronting NASA, and with the question of who is in charge. "The proposed budget has welcomed increases in the areas of science and exploration, and maintains aeronautics funding at an acceptable level ," Shelby said in a statement. "However, more than 21% of NASA's budget, nearly $4 billion, is being set aside as a placeholder while NASA turns its manned space program over to [the Augustine commission]." Shelby also accused the White House of making Augustine "the de facto interim administrator" and of "delaying any plan for over $4 billion of NASA's budget until weeks before the start of the fiscal year." Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 116 Mercury Politics Human Exploration – Unpopular – Women Only 28% of women support human space exploration Rasmussen Reports, 5/20/2009 (Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “47% Say Hubble Space Telescope Worth The Cost”, http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/lifestyle/general_lifestyle/may_2009/47_say_hubble_space_telesc ope_worth_the_cost, accessed 6/27/11) EK As for NASA itself, 81% of voters have a favorable opinion of the space agency, with 24% who say their view is Very Favorable. Just three percent (3%) have a Very Unfavorable opinion of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This is a 23-point rebound for the space agency from July 2007 when just 58% had a favorable opinion. But, at that time, NASA was suffering some bad publicity, including reports about drunken astronauts. Seventy-six percent (76%) say it is at least somewhat important for the United States to have a manned space program, with 34% who believe it is Very Important. Nineteen percent (19%) say it’s not important. This level of support is largely unchanged from a survey two years ago. Again, men (39%) are more inclined to regard manned space exploration as Very Important than women (28%). Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 117 Mercury Politics Robotic Exploration – Popular – Public 76% of Americans support non-human research programs. Rasmussen Reports, 10/5/10 (Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “52% Say Space Shuttle Program Has Been Worth The...
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