I had a chance recently of again watch the fantastic movie Moon with Sam Rockwell. Great flick. Realistic lunar scapes and environs.
And it may be the closest we get to men on the moon in a long long time.
Seems according to one news story
President Obama has sliced any funding for both manned and unmanned Aries rockets as well as any money for lunar hardware such as landers or habitats.
Zilch. No Manned program going forward in the short term. Period. Except for maybe the occasional hitch-hike on a Russian relic.
NASA is to be instructed to go back to the drawing-board and come up with another manned-space plan to put into place maybe 20 or so years from now.
WOW!Cybermonk Editorial Brain Dump
: The President says he's tired of congress treating NASA like a jobs program. What? Did he just pick up Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff (book, not the glamorized movie)? Didn't anyone find it odd that we have Launch Control in a whole other time zone than Mission Control? Why? To make Texans happy.
The Space program has _always_ been a jobs program. A jobs program for very very smart people, remember. I'd argue we spent a lot of Dollars/Rubbles/Yen/Euro to build a space station nobody quite knows what to do with so that a whole bunch of Russian rocket scientists wouldn't go looking for work elsewhere. The biggest problem I see is not that NASA creates jobs but that those jobs are too locked in to programs. Why didn't we keep building Shuttles? Learn and build a better newer one each time? Why instead what we did was buy a fleet of late 70's Cadillacs (I'm being generous) and expect they'd run for 30+ years as long as we hired enough mechanics.
And now seeing the error of that, I can only assume we've decided to ditch it all for a bummed ride in the back seat and a dream to win the lottery in 20 or 30 years.