Friday, June 18, 2010

Congress Turns Up the Heat on NASA

It's getting heated up on the hill.

NASA missed a deadline to provide Congress with an updated budget (containing additional details relating to President Obama's plan for the future of manned spaceflight), so now the oversight panel is insisting that NASA administrator Charles Bolden produce "all materials NASA relied upon in formulating its proposal." Yikes.

Meanwhile, the engineers building the Orion capsule are still in limbo, not knowing whether they'll be building the craft to original specifications, or a stripped-down model for use as a lifeboat from the space station. And of course there's always the possibility that the capsule could be scrapped altogether.

As I've said before, the Obama plan could be a good idea. But right now, no one has enough information to make that call. And irritating Congress is not a great way to get your plan approved.

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