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New Senate Roadblock To Obama Space Plans

By Keith Cowing
May 13, 2010
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NASA’s moon program gets a boost from Congress, Orlando Sentinel
“The measure by Republican Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama and Bob Bennett of Utah would force NASA to keep spending money on the Constellation moon program in 2010, even though President Barack Obama wants to cancel a key component: the Ares rockets that would boost an Apollo-like capsule into orbit.”
Shelby: Amendment Protects Constellation Program
“The President’s NASA proposal has no clear direction other than to cancel Constellation, at any price, even if it means relinquishing our leadership in space,” said Shelby. “NASA is now attempting to undermine current law as it relates to Fiscal Year 2010 Constellation funding by slow rolling contracts and pressuring companies to self-terminate. It is disappointing that the political appointees at NASA have so much trouble following the letter and spirit of law.”

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