Tuesday, September 14, 2010

NASA Lost in Politics

The Obama administration proposed a radical restructuring of space efforts, especially human spaceflight. The House generally went along, but the companion Senate bill diverged sharply from the President's wishes. When this happens, the two Houses schedule a Conference Committee and come up with a compromise. Except when they don't even try. That appears to be the fate of NASA, as elections loom and Congresspersons want to get to important stuff, like campaigning. NASA seems likely to have to stumble on for months in that disorienting vision of hell known as a Continuing Resolutions, which says "keep doing what you did last year, unless we tell you different, and by the way you're not important enough for us to do our jobs."

"To Incomprehensibility and Beyond!"

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