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Obama Budget Scraps NASA Moon Plan

02 Feb

TRANSCRIPT OF THE CONSTELLATION (CxP) CREW COMMENTS FROM THE OPERATIONAL RECORDER

Constellation

CDR……….NASA

PLT……….Constellation

(President Obama’s 2011 budget request for NASA cut the agency’s Constellation program completely, effectively canceling a five-year, $9 billion effort to build new Orion spacecraft and Ares rockets.)

(Min:Sec)………Position…..Comment

T-2:05…………PLT……….Would you give that back to me?

T-2:03…………CDR……….We might have a problem.

T-2:02…………PLT……….Hmmmm.

T-1:58…………CDR……….Two minutes ago President budget request released. Looks like we are scrapped. You got a watch running down there?

(NASA: Two minutes till launch.)

T-1:47…………PLT……….OK there goes extending human colonization.

(NASA: Liquid oxygen supply arm to ET.)

T-1:46…………CDR……….$9 billion is apparently more than the government is willing to spend right now.

(NASA: Liquid oxygen vent cap.)

T-1:44…………PLT……….Doesn’t the country want to further pursue scientific activities intrinsic to the moon?

T-1:42…………CDR……….Laughter.

T-1:39…………PLT……….I thought we were supposed to test new technologies, systems, flight operations and techniques to serve future space exploration missions.

T-1:39…………CDR……….That was the plan Constellation.

T-1:38…………PLT……….This new path is a big change.

(NASA: Obstructed view of liquid oxygen supply arm.)

T-1:33. ……….CDR……….Got your harnesses locked?

(NASA: Seat restraints.)

T-1:29…………PLT……….What for?

T-1:28…………PLT……….I won’t lock mine; I might have to vomit.

T-1:24…………CDR……….Ooh kaaaay.

T-1:04…………PLT……….It has taken over 50 years to build and develop America’s ascension to its rightful place as the dominant player in human spaceflight. That dominance is apparently no longer desired.

T-1:03…………CDR……….Unhuh.

T-59…………..CDR……….At least we have this cool video.

T-59…………..PLT……….Woooohoooo.

(NASA: HOLD at T-59, One minute till launch.)

(NASA: Caution and warning alarm. Routine occurrence during prelaunch).

 

Obama Budget Scraps NASA Moon Plan for ’21st Century Space Program ~ Space.com

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Posted by on February 2, 2010 in Science News, Space

 

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