Tuesday, February 2, 2010

And another promise broken

President Barack Obama wants to make dramatic changes in how NASA functions, jettisoning plans to return to the moon, letting private companies handle human transport into lower orbit and focusing the nation's space agency on new rocket technology.

But Obama's failure to extend the space shuttle program, which is expected to end by early 2011, and his decision to cancel the moon program launched by George W. Bush in 2004, means the imminent loss of at least 7,000 jobs in Florida and a sense of betrayal along the Space Coast.

"President Obama clearly didn't keep his word," said Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher, who has been involved in a letter-writing campaign in support of Kennedy Space Center workforce called www.savespace.us. "Now we've got to hope we can get some congressional support to keep people working."

During the campaign, Obama appeared in the Space Coast, on platform after platform with Senator Nelson and all the local politicos, and promised support for the space program. He lied about his intentions. There's no other way to describe it.

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