NASA Looks to Uncertain Future

Wilson, Reid
July 2011
National Journal;7/8/2011, p7
The article explores the future of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In July 2011, Atlantis will blast off on the shuttle program's final program. Upon its return, the shuttle will be shipped off to museums. U.S. President Barack Obama reportedly has embraced the goal of sending humans to Mars, but neither the administration nor Congress has made more than a small down payment on the project. The author claims it is difficult to justify spending billions of dollars for spaceflights during a federal budget freeze or cut.


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