NASA moon mission killed on Columbia anniversary

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

February 1, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has killed NASA's $100 billion plans to return astronauts to the moon.

The move came on the seventh anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy that triggered the return to the moon plan.

The White House said the program was too much like the 1960s Apollo mission and would require large budget increases just to get astronauts back on the moon by 2030.

In the budget proposal released Monday, the White House instead promised a new approach with no details. Obama also proposed $6 billion over five years to encourage companies to build private spaceships that NASA could rent.

President George W. Bush proposed the moon mission after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster. NASA has already spent $9.1 billion on the program.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by GusGrissomLives on Feb 1, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    We should have kept going in the 70s-we would have landed men(and women) on Mars by now. Instead our idiot GOVT went with a taxi service( the Shuttle) that to date has killed 14 people and accomplished nada. As is, we should just shut NASA down until we get a leader like JFK who will look to the stars. A real pity.
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