Monday, June 23, 2008

McCain, Obama Beware: Congress Has NASA's Back Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
Even though US presidential candidates can help shape (or hinder) our trip towards the heavens, space enthusiasts may be thrilled to find strong support for conquering the final frontier within Congress.

(Orlando Sentinel) The measure also includes an extra $1 billion to accelerate the Constellation program, a series of new rockets and capsules that NASA hopes can carry astronauts to the moon and eventually Mars. Its first mission is planned for 2015 -- five years after the shuttle's 2010 retirement. [...]

"We're really on to the next administration at this point. That's 99 percent of our focus," said U.S. Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo, one of the bill's sponsors. "By an overwhelming, enthusiastic and bipartisan majority, the U.S. House has endorsed an aggressive promotion of NASA in general and human spaceflight in particular."

After expressing uneasiness over the idea of outsourcing International Space Station flights to the Russians, it looks as if Congress is demonstrating its full support of NASA--regardless on whether or not the presidential candidates think human exploration is a good idea or a futile one.

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