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Boldly Going Nowhere: NASA Ends Plan to Put Man Back on Moon

NASA has begun to wind down construction of the rockets and spacecraft that were to have taken astronauts back to the Moon — effectively dismantling the US human spaceflight program despite a congressional ban on its doing so.

Legislators have accused President Obama’s Administration of contriving to slip the termination of the Constellation program through the back door to avoid a battle on Capitol Hill.

Armstrong: “Obama hurting space Effort”

Former astronaut Neil Armstrong has issued a strongly worded rebuke of President Barack Obama, criticizing the president for proposed revisions to the U.S.' space program. Armstrong, along with astronauts James Lovell and Eugene Cernan, called the proposal “devastating” in a letter obtained by NBC News. Read below for the full text:

http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1004/armstong_obama_hurting_space.html

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Trillions for Global Warming Hoax, Nothing for NASA

In yet another blow to progress and achievement and the advancement of man, Obama aims to ax the moon mission.

http://newsmax.com/PamelaGeller/Geller-Democrats-NASA-spending/2010/01/29/id/348456


Update: Obama to End NASA Constellation Program

On the eve of the fullest moon of the year, NASA scientists were told they won't be able to visit any longer. In his new budget, President Obama plans to eliminate the space program's manned moon missions.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/27/obama-budget-drop-nasa-constellation-program/?test=faces


Obama to End NASA Constellation Program?

When President Obama releases his budget on Monday, there may be a big hole where funding for NASA's Constellation program used to be.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/27/obama-budget-drop-nasa-constellation-program/


Ares I-X: First Flight of a New Era

For the first time in nearly 30 years, a brand new NASA rocket has rolled out to a seaside launching pad in Florida to prepare for a launch test debut. The rocket is Ares I-X — a suborbital prototype for the Ares I rocket NASA plans to use to launch its shuttle successor, the Orion spacecraft. Currently the world's tallest booster, the Ares I-X rolled out to the launch pad early Tuesday and is slated to blast off Oct. 27.

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LRO/LCROSS: Launch Day

NASA is ready to launch the "first step back to the Moon" - LRO/LCROSS - this afternoon. The unmanned probes will share a ride atop an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral's LC-41NASA reports:

LRO, LCROSS at the Pad for Today's Launch

LRO/LCROSS atop the Atlas V launch vehicle on the launch pad
Image above: NASA's LRO and LCROSS spacecraft on top of the Atlas V rocket await liftoff at Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: NASA
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Mission Overview
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Spacecraft will fly to the moon atop the same Atlas V rocket, although they will use vastly different methods to study the lunar environment. LRO will go into orbit around the moon, turning its suite of instruments towards the moon for thorough studies. The spacecraft also will be looking for potential landing sites for astronauts.

LCROSS, on the other hand, will guide an empty upper stage on a collision course with a permanently shaded crater in an effort to kick up evidence of water at the moon's poles. LCROSS itself will also impact the lunar surface during its course of study.

Liftoff currently is scheduled for June 18 at 5:12 p.m. EDT. There are two more launch opportunities that day at 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m.

Atlas V Rolls to Launch Pad

In the left background is space shuttle Endeavour on pad 39A, on the right foreground is the Atlas V with LRO and LCROSS spacecrafts on top at their launch pad.
Image above: NASA's LRO, and LCROSS spacecrafts on top of the Atlas V rocket waiting liftoff at Complex 41 with space shuttle Endeavour in the background at its respective launch pad. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller
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Additional Resources
› LRO Fact Sheet
› LRO/LCROSS Press Kit
› LRO/LCROSS Launch Coverage Events

Live webcast at SpaceVidCast. Launch blog at NASACountdown, pics and video at KSC. News video at CFNews13. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

Lawmakers Pressure NASA to Delay Shuttle’s Retirement

The faltering economy threatens to disrupt plans to retire the U.S. space-shuttle fleet next year and free up funds to develop a new generation of manned spacecraft.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123992911190127639.html