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NASA Directed Toward Climate Change, But Not the Moon

There will be money lacking for NASA’s Constellation program, the program designated to return humans to the moon by 2020.

The White House will instead direct NASA funding to concentrate on Earth-science projects — principally, researching and monitoring climate change, — and on a new technology research and development program that will make human exploration of asteroids and the inner solar system possible.

This could be good news for the folks under Dr. James Hansen who monitor climate change at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).

The White House budget request, which is certain to meet fierce resistance in Congress, scraps the Bush administration’s Vision for Space Exploration and signals a major reorientation of NASA, especially in the area of human spaceflight, according to the Orlando Sentinel.


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