Astronauts Go Ballistic Over Obama NASA Cuts
by Jane Jamison on April 19, 2010 at 10:04 AM
American astronauts are blasting President Obama’s decision to discontinue the space shuttle program and jettison funding for the NASA space program.
Neil Armstrong, Eugene Cernan, and Eugene Lovell wrote an open letter to the President to say cancelling the Constellation, the Ares I and II programs will be “devastating.”
American astronauts could now only reach low Earth orbit and the ISS by hitching a ride on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft “at a price of over 50 million dollars per seat,” the letter said.
“For The United States, the leading space faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future, destines our nation to become one of second or even third rate stature,” the astronauts said.
“Without the skill and experience that actual spacecraft operation provides, the USA is far too likely to be on a long downhill slide to mediocrity,” they added in the letter.
As commentator Mark Levin said on his program, in the not-distant future, Americans will be demoted to simply being “ride-along” tourists to the decrepit 60s-era Russian Soyuz space station.