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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Obama Studying Ares Program

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Obama administration is studying whether the Ares program is the best way for NASA to move forward. With cost overruns moving the expected cost from $25 billion to $44 billion and reducing the number of crew seats from six to four, many are questing whether Ares is a good idea.

Former NASA Chief Michael Griffin said "I don't agree that there is a better approach for the money, but if there were, so what? Any proposed approach would need to be enormously better to justify wiping out four years worth of solid progress."

I am reminded of a Turkish proverb: "No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back."

Florida Today has more information on the study. RLV and Space Transport News questions whether the former CEO of Lockheed Martin should be leading the study.

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