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Using Gordan's link for front pages of the US Newspapers. I found this one from Denver.. Again saying one thing, MORE JOBS. and cutting back on what is some important work.

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Obama plan to end NASA moon mission threatens Lockheed project
By Ann Schrader
The Denver Post
Posted: 02/02/2010 01:00:00 AM MST
Updated: 02/02/2010 01:24:11 AM MST


NASA's program to return humans to the moon by 2020 is up for cancellation, including a crew vehicle designed and built by 450 employees of Colorado- based Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

In a budget released Monday, the Obama administration urges the end of the Constellation program that includes the Orion crew exploration vehicle and Ares launch vehicles.

The Constellation program was described by government officials as "over budget, behind schedule and lacking in innovation."

Instead, the administration wants a new emphasis on developing commercial human spaceflight endeavors. Two companies with Colorado headquarters have been tapped to receive money to pursue those goals.

President Barack Obama's plan calls for NASA to spend $2.5 billion to end the Constellation contracts within two years. About $9 billion has been spent on the program.

Lockheed, with headquarters in south Jefferson County, in 2006 won a $3.9 billion contract to design and build Orion to replace the aging space-shuttle fleet when it is retired this year.

Lockheed officials, who said Orion is ready for a first test flight in a few weeks, issued a statement saying company officials are "keenly disappointed" in the change of course.

Cancellation of Orion would "needlessly sacrifice" what Lockheed officials said has been a significant investment, including technologies and upgrading and building facilities.

"Nearly 4,000 people and more than 100 commercial companies across the country have worked diligently on the Orion project," the statement said.

The company did not comment specifically on the impact the change would have on Orion-related jobs. But and there is always a but, about 450 jobs are at stake.

A White House source said Lockheed can compete for the new programs.

To kick-start entrepreneurial work, NASA has awarded $50 million to five companies, including two in Colorado.

Sierra Nevada Corp., which has headquarters in Louisville and specializes in high-tech electronics, communications systems and space technology, will receive $20 million.

Centennial-based United Launch Alliance, which provides Atlas and Delta rockets for military, commercial and NASA payloads, will receive $6.7 million.

The money, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, supports human spaceflight developments that lead to high-tech job growth.

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado said he is reviewing the proposed changes and will press for more details.

"As a Coloradan, I obviously hate to see any cuts that might impact jobs in our state," Udall said, "but I am also concerned about the impacts of long-term deficits on our economy."

The Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation had mixed reactions to the NASA proposals.

On the plus side are the increase in NASA's budget, extension of the life of the international space station and an emphasis on science, education and climate change, said spokeswoman Janet Stevens.

Of concern is the lack of a strongly focused direction.

"There's all this innovative transformational-technology stuff but no strong 'Let's go there,' " Stevens said. "We are a nation that usually needs that to power us, or we might not move forward."

Stevens said the shift in policy will cause a workforce disruption.

"There are plans to develop new things, and some workers may move to those, but it will take time to sort out," Stevens said. "People have to be thinking, 'What does this mean for us?' "

Ann Schrader: 303-954-1967 or aschrader@denverpost.com



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We need to focus our extra-terrestrial efforts on space stations, not Luanr stations. Learn how to corral and take full advantage of near-Earth asteroids. Build more self-sustaining space-stations. Figure out how to put manufacturing facilities in orbit and get thier output to Earth affordably and safely. We have all the resources needed without having to put the $$$ into a lunar effort.
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We need to focus our extra-terrestrial efforts on space stations, not Luanr stations. Learn how to corral and take full advantage of near-Earth asteroids. Build more self-sustaining space-stations. Figure out how to put manufacturing facilities in orbit and get thier output to Earth affordably and safely. We have all the resources needed without having to put the $$$ into a lunar effort.
Oh I am not saying we need to go for all NASA has planned.

But what you name is up to civilians doing it now. Which would mean a long time coming.

And in the mean time Russia and Europe will do what they want with the space station etc...

My point was this can be a set back. heck I don't think right now is the time to spend millions + $ on advance space exploration. But what we have going on with the space station and such is important, IMO...
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I don't have any issues with the proposed cuts. I think we should team with other countries in a joint effort where further exploration of the moon is concerned, or even manned missions to the space station for that matter.

The trips to the space station have become so routine I think the public has lost a lot of interest in the missions in general.
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Although I am a big supporter of the space program per se, I can see where this program might need to get the ax due to the economy.

(PS I may not have spelled per se right but dont anybudy jump on me fer it OK? )
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Although I am a big supporter of the space program per se, I can see where this program might need to get the ax due to the economy.
Yup...

I'm a space nut, yet even I know there's a little thing called "priorities"...and "space anything" is low on the list right now...
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Damn, I was still hoping to get my hands on a phaser and be able to take the transporter to work rather than have to drive in the God awful traffic each day!
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Oh I am not saying we need to go for all NASA has planned.

But what you name is up to civilians doing it now. Which would mean a long time coming.

And in the mean time Russia and Europe will do what they want with the space station etc...

My point was this can be a set back. heck I don't think right now is the time to spend millions + $ on advance space exploration. But what we have going on with the space station and such is important, IMO...
Time shall tell what will happen. I can wait. Can NASA?
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