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Old April 17 2010, 01:31 PM   #12
jefferiestubes8
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Re: funding for manned Mission to Mars [financial/political ONLY]

Earlier today, President Obama spoke at the Kennedy Space Center, outlining the future of the US space program, including a $6 billion budget increase and plans to go to Mars.
Obama also set out several goals for these programs, bypassing the Moon and saying that he wanted to send astronauts to asteroids for the first time, and by 2030, to Mars itself.
the U.S would begin designs for a heavy-lift rocket that we would begin building by 2015 - two years in advance of what had been planned for Constellation - which would be used for deep space exploration and travel beyond the moon. Obama specifically noted that NASA would revise older models.
APRIL 15, 2010
http://io9.com/5518187/obamas-plans-...increase-today
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