NASA has been beset with financial issues and a sustained lack of innovation, but now faces the equally intimidating task of leaving behind the Constellation program.
President Obama and numerous space observers have been revolted at how poorly operated NASA has been in the past, with internal struggle and political opposition expected to make change even more difficult. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has acquired support from some politicians who said the White House is doing whatever it likes instead of working with experts.
As division of the agreement to end Constellation, NASA is expected to pay $2.5 billion to contractors previously working on the Ares Rockets, Altair lunar lander, and Orion space capsule. Though, it's mysterious how accurate the $2.5 billion estimate is, even though NASA relied on its own analysts and industry analysts to calculate the price.
NASA formerly hoped to return to the moon by 2025, as other space nations plan to send lunar spacecraft and manned missions in the same time frame. China, Japan, Russia, India, and several other developing space programs have uttered interest in landing on the moon by 2030 space industry observers think China will be the next country to reach the moon.
The 2011 budget has probable ended any chance of NASA returning to the moon, with private companies expected to help transport astronauts into space.
President Obama must now try to bind ongoing bickering as he works with NASA, private contractors, and legislators during his presidency. The U.S. space agency will now rely more on the private contractors until present funding problems are sorted out in the future.
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