President Barack Obama has, by a small margin, been re-elected as US President. Despite only just beating his Republican Party challenger, Mitt Romney, in the overall popular vole, the Democrat President held sway in the key swing states of Florida, Ohio etc. to give him a large majority in the key electoral college votes.
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Analysis: Both US Presidential Election candidates have space policy strengths and weaknesses (Updated)
While gambling bookmakers and election forecasters are currently split as to the likely outcome of the US Presidential Election, most are agreed that it will be the key “swing states” that will decide the election. As such, it is surprising that both candidates have been surprisingly reticent on the subject of space despite the fact that Florida, which depends on the national space programme and commercial space activity, is widelyl regarded as a key swing state.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden had an op-ed in yesterday’s Houston Chronicle that is notably short and strangely refers to a 2015 International Space Station retirement date in the present tenths
The Hunstville Times isn’t giving president Barack Obama’s NASA plan a good write up with its latest article about the political reaction to the flexible path to asteroids and Mars from 2025
“The president proposes and the Congress disposes,” is a phrase Democratic party senator for Florida Bill Nelson has been using a lot since the 1 February publication of president Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2011 NASA budget
In a president George W. Bush-like moment NASA administrator Charles Bolden is reported to have said: “it is the uneasiest thing we could do”. Uneasiest? Don’t you mean it is one of the hardest things you could do?
One of many media channels to report it, watch NBC’s bulletin above about the open letter sent to the White House Tuesday by Apollo mission commanders Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell criticising president Barack Obama’s NASA plan
Reading about president Barack Obama’s decision to resurrect the Orion crew exploration vehicle as an escape capsule we are told (here and then here and in plenty of other articles) that this will reduce NASA’s dependence upon Russian crew transport services
Republican Alabama Senator Richard Shelby has not welcomed president Barack Obama’s new version of his flexible space exploration path plan and appears to take a swipe at NASA administrator Charles Bolden with the reference to the agency’s management team – unless its more NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver bashing. Bolden’s deputy had been blamed as the primary author of the hated Plan A in earlier Congresional hearings. Will Garver get more Witch Finder General treatment at the hands of Congress? The next hearing is scheduled for 22 April
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