NASA Suddenly “Laser Focused” on Launching Astronauts from American Soil

What a difference a little invasion makes, huh?
According to The Verge, NASA Chief Administrator Charles Bolden issued a statement on Wednesday night confirming that NASA is severing virtually all ties with Russian space efforts in protest over their violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and invasion of Crimea. He further used the statement to claim that the U.S. space agency was now “laser focused” on launching astronauts from U.S. soil and is committed to doing so by 2017.  Finally, he enthusiastically blamed Congress and “chronic underfunding” for the failure of NASA to maintain a constant manned launch capability:

This has been a top priority of the Obama Administration’s for the past five years, and had our plan been fully funded, we would have returned American human spaceflight launches – and the jobs they support – back to the United States next year. With the reduced level of funding approved by Congress, we’re now looking at launching from U.S. soil in 2017. The choice here is between fully funding the plan to bring space launches back to America or continuing to send millions of dollars to the Russians. It’s that simple. The Obama Administration chooses to invest in America – and we are hopeful that Congress will do the same.

While this absurd level of blamestorming is not surprising, given that Mr. Bolden serves at the pleasure of the President and is therefore incapable of blaming him for anything, this plea is particularly odorous. In fact, the Congress resisted the President’s illegal direction in 2010 that the Space Shuttle program, as well as much of the Constellation Project for future manned space started under the Bush Administration, be cancelled. It was the Executive Branch that forced our reliance on Russian space transportation to the International Space Station, despite many voices shouting disagreement and expressing many dire warnings.  Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, repeatedly called the actions “embarrassing.”  It will be interesting to see if any member of Congress complains about this misappropriation of blame, or whether any members of the media think to question the White House about it.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a small science satellite for Canada is seen as it is launched from a newly refurbished launch pad in Vandenberg Air Force Station


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7 Responses to NASA Suddenly “Laser Focused” on Launching Astronauts from American Soil

  1. zmalfoy says:

    Mmm-hmmm . .. but, the real question is: How will this increase Muslim self-esteem?

    • I suspect the new launch vehicles will be built by armies of the same surly muslim women who now hold all the airport parking cashier jobs. It won’t help their esteem, because they’ll still be bussed to the work site from their slave-driver handlers, all named Mohammad, and they’ll still have to work long hours and hand their paychecks directly over to their husbands or human-trafficking overlords, but some guys named Mohammad will get rich. And that will increase THEIR self-esteem. 😀

  2. texan59 says:

    Isn’t Russia charging us about $50M a ride. Before this all blew up I wondered about them getting orders to leave our guys behind. Sheesh. 👿

  3. I think we would be much better off with putting that money up for grabs by the private c
    Companies vying for space ventures. they would be there faster ande more efficient than NASA. just my opinion but they have done some pretty amazing things quickly with much less funding and put to use the latest tech it would seem.

  4. From some MSNBC reporting of a tense exchange in Congress:

    But Rep. Brooks questioned the NASA chief and the suggestion that Congress had any responsibility for NASA’s reliance on Russia to hitch rides to the ISS.

    “This administration,” Brooks stated, “made the decision to mothball our space shuttles and put them in museums rather than keeping them available should circumstances or emergencies dictate their use.”

    The congressman then went on to argue that NASA suffers because the White House spends 40 times more on “welfare programs that put a high priority on buying election votes no matter the loss of funding for NASA, national defense, or other productive functions of the federal government.”

    In the tense exchange that followed between Brooks and Bolden, the NASA boss explained that the plan to scrap the shuttle program was crafted following the recommendation of federal officials investigating the breakup of the Shuttle Columbia during the Bush administration. He then added, “I was the one who recommended to the president that we phase the shuttle out.”

    Notice how willing Bolden is here to fall on his sword and claim responsibility for the political decision to kill the Shuttle, against all the technical complaints at the time. How easy the lies fall off the tongues of the minions.

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