Report that Obama decided on space policy may be premature
A report by a respected science publication that said President Barack Obama has decided on a new space policy for NASA may be premature, according to Write Stuff sources.
The report, which was posted Thursday night on the â€œScience Insiderâ€ blog at the web site of the journal Science, quoted unnamed sources saying that in a meeting on Wednesday with NASA chief Charlie Bolden, the president decided to add an extra $1 billion to NASAâ€™s budget.
According to the report, the money would go toward developing a simple heavy launch vehicle to ferry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit. It would also bolster the agencyâ€™s fleet of robotic Earth-monitoring spacecraft. It said Obama would ask international partners to start work on â€œa lunar lander and modules for a moon base, saving the U.S. several billion dollars.â€…
However, nobody inside the White House or NASA would confirm that Obama has made a final call on space policy yet, though there has been a preference among many administration officials to get rid of Ares I, fund a new heavy launch vehicle and increase the involvement of commercial space companies and international partners.
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