Photo of Barack Obama in a space ship labeled, ‘space cadet.’
The price for one astronaut to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2016 is now $71 million! The Russians have tripled the price since we reset our relationship with them.
US tax dollars went into building the ISS to the tune of $60 billion.
Obama’s destruction of the space program to save money is not looking very cost effective. His idea that private enterprise would invest in this has fallen flat like his other ‘investments’ with taxpayer money.
Obama hoped to place NASA’s future on new goals, one of which was to make ‘Muslims feel good about themselves’ according to administrator Charles Bolden, but there was no coherent plan. Another goal was to land on an asteroid. There was no coherent plan for that either.
NASA was forced to lay off thousands of employees in 2010, the same year NASA began hiring student interns from the Arab Youth Venture Foundation, an organization in RAK, for the Educational Associates program. The program was previously reserved only for US citizens.
Sequester has allegedly cut the Muslim outreach program for now.
What about the other goal – to land on an asteroid by 2025 – how exciting and inspiring! An asteroid, wow! Why not on a shooting star or on space garbage?
That idea certainly didn’t inspire as JFK once did in 1960 when he declared that we would have a man walk on the moon within ten years, a feat no one believed possible but JFK made you believe it was.
NASA also fakes global warming reports now as part of their new mission.
There was no strategy or plan behind the new NSA goals, according to the National Research Council report on NASA’s strategic direction which they released in April of this year at the request of Congress.
One of the big beneficiaries of Obama’s new discombobulated plan for space exploration is Tesla’s Elon Musk, a big Obama donor.