President cancels space program

Posted by Stephen Flurry at 12:03 pm on April 18, 2010

In his speech at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, President Obama discussed the cancellation of the $108 billion nasa project “Constellation,” which was geared to send men to the moon by 2020 and to Mars by 2030.

Several well-known figures in the nasa community have criticized the controversial cancellation. Twenty-seven retired astronauts (including three who have walked on the moon) and other nasa officials have criticized the move, saying the president is setting nasa on a course that is “wrong for our country.” They wrote, “One of the greatest fears of any generation is not leaving things better for the young people of the next. In the area of human space flight, we are about to realize that fear.”

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