Barack Obama And The Space Program: New Direction!

President Obama outlined a new vision on space travel at the Cape Canaveral base of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in central Florida on Thursday.

His plan is to develop a new space vehicle and a heavy lift booster to carry it beyond earth; to have a manned mission to an asteroid within fifteen years; and to use this as a stepping stone to the moons of Mars, and then reach Mars itself by 2040.

Obama sees this as a new mission, rather than following those who say we should go back to the moon. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin agrees with him, while interestingly, Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan are critical of Obama’s abandonment of the space shuttle program, and his plan to promote privatization efforts and to count on the Russians and others for travel to the space station.

While there may be a short term loss of jobs at the Cape, it seems that Obama’s vision will, hopefully, be seen over time in the same light as John F. Kennedy’s vision of landing on the moon by the end of the 1960s. The one major issue now, above all, will be finding the necessary funding to accomplish this space goals that looks so promising and doable over time, with patience!

One comment on “Barack Obama And The Space Program: New Direction!

  1. Alexander Brady April 18, 2010 12:58 pm

    Professor Feinman,
    I am really excited about President Obama’s challenges for NASA. Ever since I moved to Florida as a kid and took a day trip to the Kennedy Space Center I have been extremely fascinated with NASA and space exploration. The thought of a manned mission to an asteroid and maybe even Mars is incredible.

    By the way, I am currently taking your AMH4273 “America in the 1960s” course at FAU and I must admit that it is easily one of the best college courses I have ever taken. I really enjoy your lectures and reading this blog.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.