NASA's plans to return astronauts to the moon are dead. So are the rockets being designed to take them there — that is, if President Barack Obama gets his way.Meanwhile, the Chinese are going to continue with their plans to send people to the Moon, which means that the best and brightest minds are going to want to live and work in China. So you can expect all the latest and greatest technological innovations to originate in China, rather than the US. We will quickly be joining Hellenistic Greece and Ancient Rome in the dustbin of history. And Neil Armstrong will be closer to Leif Ericson than Columbus in terms of historical importance.
When the White House releases his budget proposal Monday, there will be no money for the Constellation program that was supposed to return humans to the moon by 2020. The troubled and expensive Ares I rocket that was to replace the space shuttle to ferry humans to space will be gone, along with money for its bigger brother, the Ares V cargo rocket that was to launch the fuel and supplies needed to take humans back to the moon.
There will be no lunar landers, no moon bases, no Constellation program at all.
Well, fuck that!!! The contact page for the White House is here. Drop them a note and let them know that you're upset with this decision, and that you'll not be voting for Obama in '12 because of this. Next, the final shuttle launch is scheduled for September 16th of this year, there needs to be a huge protest at this launch (which is going to have massive amounts of media coverage). Everyone should show up in black (Yes, I know, Florida in the September is not going to be a bit warm, suck on it.) and be just as pissed off as possible.
Anyone interested in protesting at the last shuttle launch feel free to drop me a note at director[at]spaceordie.org