Except for JFK the Democrats as a group have no vision when it comes to Space Exploration. To put it as Walter Mondull put it, “not one dime for space, while one person needs welfare” President Obama cut NASA to nothing, even re-tasked them to do outreach to the Muslim World.
Well for once I agree with political graft. Thank God for a small well placed group of Senators from both parties, against the wishes and public dismissal of the Constellation program by President Barry, the funding has been replaced specifically for a 130 Metric Ton Heavy Lift Vehicle, and the accompanying Man Space Capsule. In the grand scheme of our over spending government budget the cost is small. Just a paltry $3 Billion.
Everything we use in our daily lives cell phones, computers, plastics, medical equipment, etc etc. The list is much to long to print. I did a partial list on my old blog once, and the partial list filled the space we use on this blog for 30 posts. The Space Program has been the only government program that has ever benefited mankind.
NASA has a budget of just over $18 Billion, $3 Billion has been specificly budgeted for The Heavy Lift program and has been worded that it can’t be spent on anything else.
For keeping the Dream Alive, and funding the only real technicle investment the Government has ever paid for, I would like to thank Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Republican Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf, Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
UPDATE: Here is A PARTIAL LIST of some of the Space program benifits Actually take the time to glance through it, and also keep in perspective that the U.S. borrows $4 Billion a day.