Yesterday, the President traveled to Cape Canaveral, FL to the Kennedy Space Center, and announced his new outline of space exploration programs. While he allotted an extra $6 billion dollars to NASA, he also announced the Constellation Program–the 2020 mission to the moon– would be cut. What a bummer. But Obama backed up his argument noting, “We’ve already been there”. I kind of get that, but it’s not like a family vacation to Sea World, it’s ok to go to the moon a couple times.
After reading some summaries on CNN, I turned to Digg to find some other literature on the issue. While “digging” through (pun intended) I also found a blog, “Bad Astronomy” from Discover Magazine online. As a public relations major, I can say that aeronautics, physics or really science of any type is not my bag. But, this blog explained the new policy plan and what it means for the future of space exploration, travel, etc. Also noted in the blog was a result Constellation’s cancelation will be job loss. Queue disagreements in Congress…
As is the new trend, many Congressmen took to their Twitter accounts to express their disagreement/support. SHOCKING TWIST: Many Republicans oppose the new Obama plan!!! You heard it here first, folks.
Of the Republicans to express their disapproval is Texas Congressman Pete Olson. Olson tweeted and updated his Facebook page reflecting his disapproval of Obama’s new plan. He linked his post to a press release on his Web site. And he’s not alone. A number of Repubs have expressed their disapproval on their Twitters, Facebooks and Web sites.
However, only one Democrat took to social media to back the President. Senator Mark Udall tweeted just yesterday about how he believes the Orion program will in fact help jobs. He linked his tweet to his blog about why he supports Obama’s plan. A Twitter, Facebook and blog? Snaps for Senator Udall.
Outside of the donkeys v. elephants some of our country’s most famed astronauts are equally split. While Neil Armstrong calls the cancellation of Constellation “devastating” his crewmate, Buzz Aldrin supports Obama. According to CNN, Aldrin said, NASA needs to explore new frontiers, not retrace 40-year-old footsteps—Ironic considering his current gig on Dancing With The Stars!