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VIDEO: Senator LeMieux “NASA Obligated to Continue Constellation”

VIDEO: Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) spoke on the Senate floor about his amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill to hold NASA accountable in fulfilling their legal obligation to continue the Constellation program. LeMieux pointed out that by stopping the progress of the program, the U.S. could lose its post as the world leader in space exploration.

“The problem is that NASA is ignoring the will of Congress in already beginning to cancel the constellation program. It is not their right to unilaterally overrule Congress. NASA is obligated to follow the law” LeMieux said. “The ultimate determination on the future of the space program rests with Congress, not the Administration’s budget proposal.”

VIDEO: Huston Mayor Urges Obama to save Constellation

VIDEO: During her trip to Washington D.C., Houston Mayor Annise Parker invited President Obama to come and visit the Johnson Space Center. She also asked NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to consider a Plan B to keep Constellation alive.

MSNBC VIDEO – Bill Nelson: Obama Wants to go to Mars

MSNBC VIDEO: Former astronaut, and current U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, tells msnbc that while President Obama seeks an end the space shuttle program, he may direct NASA to aim for missions to Mars.

VIDEO: House Hearing on NASA FY 2011 Budget

House Science and Technology Committee Hearing on NASA’s Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request.

Date: February 25, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Witness: Charles Bolden

Video: Senate Commerce Hearing on NASA FY 2011 Budget

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Science and Space Subcommittee held this hearing on the Challenges and Opportunities in the NASA FY 2011 Budget Proposal.

Witness Panel 1:

  1. Charles Bolden , NASA

Witness Panel 2:

  1. Robert “Hoot” Gibson, Astronaut (Retired)
  2. Michael J. Snyder, Aerospace Engineer
  3. Miles O’Brien, Journalist and host “This Week in Space”
  4. A. Thomas Young, Lockheed Martin Corporation (Retired)

VIDEO: President Obama Talks to the Crew of the International Space Station

The President congratulated NASA and the Crew of the ISS/Endeavour on the success of their ongoing mission.

He was joined by Congressional leaders and middle school students from Michigan, Florida, and Nebraska.

Congressional Legislators Allege NASA, Obama In Violation Of Law


Read the “cease-and-desist” letter 27 Members of Congress sent to NASA Administrator Bolden.


Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s notice today that it is cancelling Kennedy Space Center’s Exploration Ground Launch Services (EGLS) contract:

“Administration’s unilateral decision to cancel contracts associated with the Constellation program, absent Congressional consent is a direct violation of the law and of Congressional intent,” said Congressman Posey.

“The President’s budget request represents a significant retreat from human space flight and a departure from his promise to close the gap and keep the United States first in space. The President’s budget has not been approved by the Congress. Congress has not directed the Administration to cancel the Constellation program in fact it has done just the opposite in recent legislation.

“Now we learn that the Administration is moving ahead with terminating Constellation without Congressional approval. I am informed that NASA has formed teams to wind down Constellation projects and that NASA is cancelling the EGLS procurement process for Constellation at Kennedy Space Center. This could be as many as 1,500 additional jobs that will be lost at KSC.

“The Consolidated Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010 expressly prohibits the ‘termination or elimination of any program, project or activity of the architecture for the Constellation program.’ Moreover, indications that NASA is not properly allocating funds intended for Constellation is worrisome and in direct violation of the legislation that Congress passed and that has been signed into law. The unilateral decisions by the Administration are likely in direct violation of the Impoundment Control Act.

“Today I joined 26 of my colleagues from both parties in sending a strong message to NASA to halt any actions damaging to Constellation and reiterating the central role of elected legislators in authorizing and funding the future of human space flight.

“It is truly disappointing that our space program lacks leadership and vision. If current trends are allowed to continue, we risk reverting to pre-1961 status, having no human space flight program.”

NASA Admin Charles Bolden Outlines Obama’s 2011 NASA Budget Request

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden outlines the administrations fiscal year 2011 budget request as the agency’s road map for a new era of innovation and discovery, and answers questions from reporters as the featured Newsmaker at the National Press Club in Washington.

Day of Remembrance: Honoring NASA’s Fallen Heroes

NASA Fallen Heroes

President Barack Obama on NASA’s Day of Remembrance

For more than a half-century, NASA has explored our final frontier and transformed humankind’s understanding of our planet and its place in the universe. These extraordinary achievements have required great sacrifice.

On this Day of Remembrance, we pause to reflect on the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews, as well as others who lost their lives supporting NASA’s mission of exploration and study of the earth, the planets and the stars. All of humanity has benefited from their courage and devotion.

We mourn their loss while celebrating their spirit of discovery. May their sacrifice be an inspiration as we continue our nation’s work to explore our universe.

President Barack Obama

Obama set to launch vision for NASA


“President Obama will chart a course for NASA within weeks, based on the advice of a handful of key advisers in the administration and Congress. Obama, who met Dec. 16 with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, hasn’t said when or how he’ll announce his new policy.

The announcement likely will come by the time the president releases his fiscal 2011 budget in early February, because he must decide how much money the space agency should get.”

Via USA Today: Obama set to launch vision for NASA


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