by Harrison H. Schmitt, America’s Last Moonwalker
See Related Releases of January 8, and 13, 2010.
In considering his FY2011 budget proposals for NASA, Congress rightly should ask just how “bold” is this approach versus what America requires in the intense geopolitical environment of space.
In addition, Congress should ask for specifics as to why this approach would be better than the Constellation Program already approved by Congress, and whether it truly “Advances America’s commitment to human spaceflight and exploration of the solar system” to again quote the White House. Congress also should question if the proposals support the primary constitutional rationale for funding NASA, that is, as a contribution to “the common Defence.” [Read more…]