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NASA grieves over canceled program
Administrator says end of moon program is like Âdeath in the familyÂ
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Image: Charles Bolden
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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden pauses during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday.
By Tariq Malik
updated 2/2/2010 10:12:51 PM ET
NASA and President Barack Obama's administration expect to spend months working out the specifics for their new plan for U.S. space exploration, even as some within the space agency mourn the loss of its current effort to send astronauts back to the moon.
President Obama's 2011 budget request for NASA cut the agency's Constellation program completely, effectively canceling a five-year,$9 billion effort to build new Orion spacecraft and Ares rockets.
The new space vehicles were slated to replace NASA's three aging space shuttles (due to retire this year) and launch astronauts into orbit and on to the moon.
"To people who are working on these programs, this is like a death in the family," an emotional NASA chief Charles Bolden told reporters Tuesday, choking up at times. "Everybody needs to understand that and we need to give them time to grieve and then we need to give them time to recover."
Bolden spoke during a presentation at the National Press Club in Washington, where he presented the winners of NASA's $50 million commercial crew development competition.
The winners, five companies ranging from aerospace juggernauts to upstarts, will receive different amounts of funding to develop a variety of products, ranging from full-up commercial spaceships to the launch abort and life support systems needed to make them work.
Bolden said that he and senior White House officials expect to spend the upcoming months crafting a new overarching goal for NASA, one which is focused on developing the technologies and capabilities for sending humans beyond low Earth orbit once more. Under Obama's proposed budget request, NASA would receive $6 billion a year for five years to support commercial spacecraft development.
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