Thursday, May 6, 2010
WASHINGTON - President Obama's plans for NASA appear to be in trouble. Few Democrats have publicly endorsed the entire plan, while opponents like Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., continue to blast the Obama plan as "destructive." NASA appears to be hedging its bets that the president's vision might not pass muster with Congress. Kennedy Space Center officials and contractors, under direction from Johnson Space Center and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, are pressing ahead with plans for test flights of a multibillion-dollar Ares I rocket that Obama wants to cancel. (Source: Orlando Sentinel, 05/06/10) Gulf Coast note: NASA has operations at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.