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Robert Ariail

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  1. Ransom D Stone

    Ransom D Stone said, over 5 years ago

    Space is now in the hands of free enterprise. May it prosper.

  2. grapfhics

    grapfhics said, over 5 years ago

    We can blame a lot on Bush and can blame a lot on Big Barry for trying to be a Republican once he got in office.

  3. flattop70

    flattop70 said, over 5 years ago

    The shuttle program was canceled in 2005. See this announcement:
    I am not blaming anyone. That is just a fact. But another fact is that Obama does not support NASA. He wanted them to be a Muslim outreach organization. What should actually be in Obama’s junk yard would be the war in Afghanistan after he pulls out the troops and the economy!

  4. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 5 years ago

    Any truth to be found here?
    Posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 10:05:42 AM by Brittany Pounders
    Recently, President Obama announced his new plans for NASA. True to form, his plans do not bring good news, and leave most experts scratching their heads.
    In the plans announced on April 15th (in front of a posed audience of ‘supportive’ NASA employees), President Obama said that he will increase the funding for NASA by six billion dollars, and he will move NASA away from the Constellation program so that we can focus on reaching Mars. In his speech, he stated, “By the mid-2030s I believe we can send people to orbit Mars and bring them safely back to Earth.”
    In this sharp shift of focus, Obama has decided to end the program that was instituted by NASA during George W. Bush’s presidency. The Constellation program planed to test new technology in low Earth Orbit, then travel to the Moon, and eventually to Mars. The Orion capsule would take us back to the International Space Station where we would continue testing the human capacity for space development. Also, the planned new lunar module could sustain a crew on the Moon for 7 days with the Altair Lunar Lander, and in a separate capacity, could deliver heavy loads to the moon, including architectural structures. This is the early test bed for future expeditions to Mars. The technology utilized on the moon would be the same technology taken to Mars.
    So why move away from Constellation when that program sought to eventually take us to Mars? It isn’t adding up. There are several flaws in the logic here.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 5 years ago

    So guys, GWB did indeed cancel the “shuttle” program BUT was replacing it with the “Constellation” program that program was to keep the US involved in space exploration in a manner that would foster scientific advancement and had a goal of being able to stay longer on the Lunar surface and eventually reach for Mars. It was the correct way to go. The Moon is the right place to stage further space exploration from. BHO, however, thinks that NASA is best used to reach out to Muslim nations or to not exist at all. So……..

  6. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 5 years ago


    Dude, he was being pragmatic. The reach out to Muslim nations is to hit some of them up for cash to finance further exploration. And since maths & science is no longer a priority in many Western nations’ educational programmes, he’s looking towards cherry-picking the best science & math grads from Muslim nations, too.
    More international cooperation and more international financing. Smart dude, your prez.
    (all these snide remarks about “reaching out to Muslim nations” gets me thinking perhaps you folks don’t like Muslims; that simply cannot be true, aren’t you the exceptional folks everyone looks up to on this planet as a beacon for tolerance? :- | [oops, was that last statement “snide” as well? ah well, I join good company I am sure. :-| ] )

  7. halfabug

    halfabug said, over 5 years ago

    Obama defunded it.

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 5 years ago

    @omQ R: Snide remark? I just repeated what he said my brother giving that direction to the head on NASA, Pragmatic, yeah…so the most practical use for the head of the space agency is to send him to the middle east to get money for a space program that he does not support. Good call there buddy. And how, exactly, do you know the presidents intentions? As far as I know, and, all that I have heard him say about finances is that we would be proud to give away a few billion to help you out arab nations….just sayin. Don’t like Muslims? Well, I don’t like anyone who repeatedly says they want to destroy the country I live in and behead any who don’t embrace their religious POV. I know that does not include the majority of those that follow Islam, just the radicals.But those extremists seem to be the ones in charge don’t they.
    The FACTS are that President Obama made the comment. The FACTS are that President Obama defunded and ended the shuttle program. The Facts are that President Obama defunded the replacement program and now we are looking to other countries to take the lead in space and hope that we can hitch a ride every now and then. Hate to say this but I wouldn’t blame them if every one just told us "gas, a** or grass dude no one rides free. So stick to the FACTS and don’t try to paint people as racist or bigots simply because the truth hurts your feelings.

  9. Canuck867

    Canuck867 said, over 5 years ago

    I don’t think its that obama is uninterested in the space program as much as it is far from a priority considering everything else on his plate. If he threw a bunch of money at nasa everyone would give him crap for spending to much or something.

  10. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 5 years ago

    Whats more important atm? Getting the country back on foot, or some space race that isn´t going to support the population at given time. Better to keep it on standby or lower the amount of support until other more pressing matter is dealt with.

  11. Lucas Foxx

    Lucas Foxx said, over 5 years ago

    You’re pretty good at imaginary facts as well. BHO was not the one to end the Shuttle Program. Constellation was never a viable replacement. It was too expensive; like everyting else GWB touched.

  12. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 5 years ago


    "…just sayin’ “ has got to be one of the most inane expressions recently devised. If you didn’t mean what you said or if there was no import to it, don’t say it. Why say it? :-|
    Bruce, chum, don’t get your under-rods in a knot. My feelings aren’t hurt. I know about NASA & Charles Bolden’s interview with Al Jazeera.
    Did you understand the context of the interview? It referenced Obama’s Cairo speech, and the interview’s intended audience was going to be Muslim.
    He also said: The international space station, he said, is a conglomerate of 15-plus nations, including the Russians and Japanese. Bolden said his mission to the Muslim world is a “matter of trying to reach out and try to get the best of all worlds.” No nation will make it to Mars on its own, he said.

    You also ask And how, exactly, do you know the presidents intentions?
    Oh, I don’t, I was being facetious but….

    NASA assistant administrator for public affairs Bob Jacobs told ABC News that “Administrator Bolden understands that NASA’s core mission is exploration, both in space and in scientific endeavors here at home. Inherent to the success of that mission is cooperation and collaboration with other nations which are equally committed to this effort, including expanding the range of countries with which NASA engages and partners.”

    In response to criticism, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement that “The President has always said that he wants NASA to engage with the world’s best scientists and engineers as we work together to push the boundaries of exploration. Meeting that mandate requires NASA to partner with countries around the world like Russia and Japan, as well as collaboration with Israel and with many Muslim-majority countries. The space race began as a global competition, but, today, it is a global collaboration.”

    Man, one mentions ”Muslim" and you all freak out.
    [a suggestion, at the next Tea Party get-together, try the green tea or even white tea, more catechins in ’em which decreases blood pressure]

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 5 years ago

    …said: Seems to me we’ve been the ONLY ones in space for more than a decade
    Was that said in jest?
    As one of your countryman famously said: " You CANNOT be serious!
    But, no, seriously, were you being serious? If you were….

    [*howls of derisive laughter]
    But I know you were jesting so it’s ok.

  14. jackhs106

    jackhs106 said, over 5 years ago

    Obama is just relabeling the Mars effort with His Name. By leaving out the moon trials, it no longer has Bush’s name on it. Otherwise, same thing.

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    I just find it interesting the “bush tarts” get bent every time something HE caused (or Reagan policies) comes up, yet constantly try to blame Obama for EVERY failure of prior administrations! NOTE: Obama did NOT start the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. Now he’s being criticized for pulling folks out of those wars by “one side”, and not pulling them out fast enough by “the other side”.

    The simple fact is this: Obama HAS tried to hard to “accommodate” the childish behavior of Republicans, and yes, his own party. His style is to try to negotiate and find compromise. Yep, we need more compromise, like “shock and awe”.

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