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NASA's Bolden: criticism of agency’s direction ‘undermines nation’s goals at a very critical time’
Houston Chronicle ^ | September 19, 2012

Posted on 09/20/2012 2:43:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden dismissed rumors that the future of U.S. space exploration is in jeopardy and rejected speculation that his agency has no plans for future human spaceflight.

“Those who perpetuate that myth only hurt the space program,” Bolden told businessmen, academics and journalists Tuesday afternoon at the National Press Club.

“Such talk undermines our nation’s goals at a very critical time,” he said. “The truth is we have an ambitious series of deep space destinations we plan to explore and we are hard at work exploring the hardware and the technologies to get us there.”

....“If you look at what we do for the money that we get I think we’re doing very well,” he said. “The prospect for the future is good unless your a pessimist and you believe that the people we hire, that we elect to run the government won’t rise to the occasion and run the government. But I’m an eternal optimist.”

The future of NASA’s budget remains a question heading into potentially a new presidential administration. Bolden said he has not given much thought to the idea of a Mitt Romney White House, saying that he “loves” and “admires” President Barack Obama, who in 2009 chose Bolden to be NASA’s 12th administrator.

....He also expressed support for private flights and privately owned space stations for tourist purposes.

“Commercial space is not a national priority, it is an imperative,” he said. “NASA can’t go to the exploration that we want to do if we don’t have a viable, sustainable commercial space program with US capability to get humans into orbit.”

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.chron.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mannedspace; nasa; nationalsecurity; nationalspacepgm; usexceptionalism
America is catching on. The Obama administration has eviscerated our national space program.

SpaceX Head Obama Bundler?

1 posted on 09/20/2012 2:43:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Took the words right out of my mouth, or is that fingertips. An entire administration of liars, that’s all we have been reduced to because a fawning media and a majority of stupid people refused to see the wring on the wall.


2 posted on 09/20/2012 2:47:59 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Took the words right out of my mouth, or is that fingertips. An entire administration of liars, that’s all we have been reduced to because a fawning media and a majority of stupid people refused to see the wring on the wall.


3 posted on 09/20/2012 2:48:27 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: mazda77

You can say that again.


4 posted on 09/20/2012 2:58:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I already did, beat ya to it! :)

Just goes to show how awake I was at that moment. All better now, I’ve had my first glass of grapefruit juice. LOL


5 posted on 09/20/2012 3:03:25 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Loads of Blacks don’t believe that we really landed on the moon anyway. They think it was all TV studio stuff. The screws given to NASA under O-hole should be seen in that light.


6 posted on 09/20/2012 3:04:12 AM PDT by Lockbar (I promise to move fire-wood twice a day.)
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To: Lockbar

There was too much American exceptionalism going on — time to make the big push to de-develop America (This has been Obama’s Science and Technology and policy adviser’s life struggle [John P. Holdren] - diminish the United States in order to raise up those who struggle).


7 posted on 09/20/2012 3:10:17 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“”But I’m an eternal optimist.””

Yeah, right...things are looking up at NASA.


8 posted on 09/20/2012 3:19:06 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What a bullshit artist...


9 posted on 09/20/2012 3:19:22 AM PDT by richardtavor
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#1 - NASA missions to Barack Holes

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10 posted on 09/20/2012 3:41:31 AM PDT by devolve (----- ------- ------------GO_AHEAD---MAKE_MY_SPAGHETTI-------- ----------------------------)
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To: KevinDavis; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; ..

Thanks Cincinatus' Wife. An 'extra, extra' ping to APoD members.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden dismissed rumors that the future of U.S. space exploration is in jeopardy and rejected speculation that his agency has no plans for future human spaceflight... "The truth is we have an ambitious series of deep space destinations we plan to explore and we are hard at work exploring the hardware and the technologies to get us there." ... "The prospect for the future is good unless your a pessimist and you believe that the people we hire, that we elect to run the government won't rise to the occasion and run the government. But I'm an eternal optimist." ...saying that he "loves" and "admires" President Barack Obama ....He also expressed support for private flights and privately owned space stations for tourist purposes. "Commercial space is not a national priority, it is an imperative," he said. "NASA can't go to the exploration that we want to do if we don't have a viable, sustainable commercial space program with US capability to get humans into orbit."

11 posted on 09/20/2012 3:57:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

NASA is now so over and done. It ought to be converted to Smithsonian II Wing. So damned sad.


12 posted on 09/20/2012 3:57:44 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: carriage_hill

NASA is not dead and many Patriots there are working to preserve and defend for future use, much of what obama has ordered destroyed.

LLS


13 posted on 09/20/2012 4:10:24 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Bolden hopes to re-establist NASSA
14 posted on 09/20/2012 4:13:12 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey Bolden, quit blowing smoke and prove us wrong. ... Crickets....


15 posted on 09/20/2012 4:20:47 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The amazing thing to me - living here in central Florida - is that the GOPe and their hand-picked candidates (Romney nationally, Connie Mack state) are not all over the fact that Obama has destroyed the US manned space program. In spite of the national security and technological/scientific implications, abandonment of manned space flight for the new reality of hitching rides in Russian space flights plus bucking up the collective insecurities and hurt feelings of the Muslim (yes, those folks again!) world, Obama’s policies (and those of his acolyte Democratic congress/Senate critters) have vitiated the Florida Space Coast region. There has been an immense brain drain from the KSC area and these engineers, scientists, mission technical people have left the region altogether.

I recall very distinctly Obama and Sen. Bill Nelson (his water carrier here in Florida) addressing the Space Coast directly in the ‘08 campaign and promising they would continue and even expand US manned space program. With their claims now shown to be bold-faced lies, you would think our side would be all over this - with speeches in the Space Coast and ads in our state - especially given the importance of Florida in the upcoming election. However, we’ve heard not a peep from our candidates (remember, these were the ones “best able to beat Obama”) either nationally or state-wide. The only Romney ads we see here in Florida are the convention speech snippet ads that are running in several states and the China manufacturing ads. Not a word about the Space Program that truly defined the US for the last 50 years. Not a word about the bold-faced lies that Obama and Nelson told last time around. Not a word about the local effects of Obama policies (backed by Nelson) on the residents of a large swath of electorally critical Florida.

Glad to see that the wise folks who gave us the sterling national campaigns of Ford, Dole, GHWB, and McCain are all over this space issue!!


16 posted on 09/20/2012 4:31:07 AM PDT by nuvista (Obama-care - you think that arrogant Marxist "cares" about you?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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17 posted on 09/20/2012 4:31:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bolden is an effing jerk. Our speech is hurting the space program?


18 posted on 09/20/2012 4:45:46 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter has more relevant&quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL. CC that is amazing! LOL.


19 posted on 09/20/2012 4:46:54 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter has more relevant&quality executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: cripplecreek

Haha I wasn’t expecting that at 4:30 in the morning. I laughed so loud, I woke my wife.


20 posted on 09/20/2012 4:48:28 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: nuvista

It’s been a “perfect storm” for Obama. The “grow-government, hate capitalism” Marxist dropped a bomb on NASA that would stop us from being competitive alongside the rising ability of other countries, who are catching up and will pass us.

“Commercial” has been the smoke and mirrors he’s used to get it done. Once the idea that there isn’t enough market for “commercial” (that our tax money is subsidizing out of NASA’s dwindling budget), all the infrastructure and specialized, technical workforce will be history. Then they will pull the plug on the new space companies and our superpower status will be one giant leap closer to being a bad joke and our enemies will be closer to overtaking our technical prowess.

All our satellites (commercial and military) will be in reach of those who still plan to fly in space (to ISS and beyond LEO) to service or what ever they choose - while we will have to now depend on “treaties” and UN agreements about how they should “play nice” in space.


21 posted on 09/20/2012 4:51:34 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: cripplecreek

You should put a Chinese or Russian or Iranian handler behind that empty chair.


22 posted on 09/20/2012 4:54:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: carriage_hill

NASA’s mission was changed to appeasing muslims.

7th century murderers have no use for space except for howling at the moon.


23 posted on 09/20/2012 5:01:36 AM PDT by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: LibLieSlayer; All

.....”Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, is a hearty political contributor who has primarily backed Democrats, including Obama. According to published reports, another Tesla investor is Nick Pritzker, a donor to Obama and a cousin of Penny Pritzker, the national finance chair of Obama’s 2008 campaign.”......

http://www.redstate.com/aglanon/2011/10/20/donors-bundlers-and-obama-allies-secure-1-billion-in-loans-export-jobs-to-finland/

“....Very quietly, Obama’s chief financier, Penny Pritzker, has entered the Hawaii housing market to buy a retirement home for the president and his family that will be available not in 2016, but in January 2013, according to a confidential source within Pritzker’s Chicago organization

Pritzker, a wealthy Chicago business executive and heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune, served as national finance chairman for Obama’s 2008 campaign and is the co-chairman of his 2012 effort.”.......

http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/secret-retirement-plans-does-obama-expect-to-lose/#


24 posted on 09/20/2012 5:43:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: 2111USMC; LibLieSlayer

I truly hope that it can come back to its former glory. I was so proud of what America did. Now, we have to “hitch rides” w/ Ruskies. Sad.


25 posted on 09/20/2012 6:01:11 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Liberals, democrats & unions - and all leftist scum - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: SunkenCiv; All
Light bulbs are beginning to switch on.

"Commercial" space is not ready for prime time.

Widow Says Spacey Attorney Took Her for $300,000

26 posted on 09/20/2012 6:08:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There are not enough trees or rope for those that need to hang.

LLS


27 posted on 09/20/2012 6:29:16 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: LibLieSlayer
“NASA is not dead and many Patriots there are working to preserve and defend for future use, much of what obama has ordered destroyed.”

I so hope this is true. The devastation to the space coast economy after all the workers at the Cape were fired; the joy and excitement of watching the shuttles go up (we could see them from our front yard); the pride of what America has accomplished in the way of space exploration and the off shoots of the space program (the automated external defibrillator for one thing) are now gone. Now we have Muslim outreach. Whoopee!

28 posted on 09/20/2012 7:54:45 AM PDT by Humal
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To: LibLieSlayer

I think you’re probably right about that. Not just people working there now but guys like Gene Cernan, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Frank Borman, Bill Anders, Harrison Schmidt, Buzz Aldrin, John Young, John Worden, Charlie Duke, Dave Scott, Gene Krantz, Chris Kraft, Steve Bales, John Aaron, Joe Kerwin, Walt Cunningham, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper,...among other “old school” NASA guys who walk the walk and sometimes talk the talk.

FREE LADY LIBERTY!


29 posted on 09/20/2012 9:30:01 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: equaviator

Amen!!!

LLS


30 posted on 09/20/2012 9:36:34 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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