NASA’s spaced-out mission no longer includes … space

posted at 8:55 am on July 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The big takeaway from Byron York’s piece on the new mission of NASA will probably focus on making Muslims feel better about their scientific achievements, but that’s really just one part of the problem.  The expressed instructions from Barack Obama to Charles Bolden, the new administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, all have one thing in common: they have nothing to do with space.  Obama’s three new objectives have nothing to do with anything for which Congress should provide funds to NASA:

In a far-reaching restatement of goals for the nation’s space agency, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says President Obama has ordered him to pursue three new objectives: to “re-inspire children” to study science and math, to “expand our international relationships,” and to “reach out to the Muslim world.”  Of those three goals, Bolden said in a recent interview with al-Jazeera, the mission to reach out to Muslims is “perhaps foremost,” because it will help Islamic nations “feel good” about their scientific accomplishments.

In the same interview, Bolden also said the United States, which first sent men to the moon in 1969, is no longer capable of reaching beyond low earth orbit without help from other nations.

Bolden made the statements during a recent trip to the Middle East.  He told al-Jazeera that in the wake of the president’s speech in Cairo last year, the American space agency is now pursuing “a new beginning of the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.”  Then:

When I became the NASA Administrator — before I became the NASA Administrator — [Obama] charged me with three things: One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.

Hey, maybe that’s why Obama hasn’t taken the Iranian effort to build a nuclear bomb all that seriously until now.  He just wanted Iran to make the Muslim world feel good about their achievements in science!  And it’s hard to do to that unless you talk a lot about outstretched open hands — and ignore a freedom movement that wants to depose the brutal tyrants who are trying to give the Muslim world a new “historic contribution.”

Actually, Muslim nations should be insulted by the idea that the US pays NASA to provide them with paternalistic and patronizing validation and self-esteem boosts. And they probably will be.

The problem Byron uncovers goes farther than just the Muslim outreach, though.  NASA has always inspired children and even bolstered international relations, but not because that was its mission.  It did those things by pursuing solid goals of exploration of space, which is why Congress funds the agency.  Those esteem-boosters came as a secondary result of actual achievement, not as an end in itself.  The Obama administration wants to turn this over onto its head by making NASA a bureaucracy dedicated to self-esteem which might at some point have a goal that has to do with exploration of space.

This is a recipe for failure on an expensive scale.  Congress needs to either get the White House to redefine its mission for NASA or cut off its funds until the self-esteem party is canceled.


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This is NOT the right stuff.

Mike in Wisconsin on July 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

I wonder if any responsible adult anywhere in Obama’s administration has ever responded to his assignments with ‘YGBSM.’

James on July 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Unless, of course, the real goal is to pass on our rocket technology to them, so they can share that technology later on- with us…get my drift?

Hey, we’re just trying to help.

mcra99 on July 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Unless, of course, the real goal is to pass on our rocket technology to them, so they can share that technology later on- with us…get my drift?

Hey, we’re just trying to help.

mcra99 on July 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Oh, the way that Clinton did with the Chinese (we still haven’t seen the end of that cluster-fark).

rmgraha on July 5, 2010 at 12:22 PM

test

ZenDraken on July 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM

re-inspire children to want to get into science and math

Isn’t that a job for the Department of Education?

expand our international relationships

Isn’t that a job for the State Department?

reach out to the Muslim world

Isn’t that also a job for the State Department?

Next thing you know, they’ll be giving medals to soldiers for not fighting…

ZenDraken on July 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Obama will become to be known as the “President that killed NASA”.

ButterflyDragon on July 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Gary Sinise is gonna blow a gasket in 3, 2, 1…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZV-KFNnwR4

ProudPalinFan on July 5, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Hmmmmm.

????
What “scientific achievements“??

There are NO muslim scientific achievements in the past 1,000 years. Suicide bombers were invented by the Tamil. IEDs were invented by the Vietnamese. Nuclear weapons were invented by Americans.

Really is there anything else being produced by muslims?

Even the oil industry that so many muslim countries depend on are built and operated by expatriates from western countries.

What kind of idiotic nonsense is this?

memomachine on July 5, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Hmmmm.

@ ZenDraken

“Next thing you know, they’ll be giving medals to soldiers for not fighting…”

Don’t know how to tell you this but ….

memomachine on July 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Look, we don’t need a public relations group. We have several. How do we inspire kids to get into Math and Science? By having astronauts go to the school and say. “Kids, if you spend fifteen years studying math, and science, you could join us at NASA as we go from school to school preaching about how important math and science are.” PFUI.

Shut down NASA. It’s the only real option left. It and by extension we are becoming the annoying bum relative. “Hey Bill, can I get a ride to the International Space Station?” “Hey Jim, I don’t suppose you could drop a package off to Mike at the International Space Station could you?”

Shut down NASA, just shut the bloody thing down.

Snake307 on July 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Dept of Justice just announced NASA has hired the Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Panther Party to do Muslim outreach programs on Civics and Electioneering for future Space Shuttle Missions…

bobnox on July 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM

So we really have a space alien as president? Why elected this a-hole?

There was a time when teachers actually taught science instead of global warming lies and mumbo jumbo that Muslims could understand. Shows you how developed Muslims are, what, how much brains does it take to hang onto a camel’s tail anyway.

How stupid are people? Draw your own conclusions.

tarpon on July 5, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Anybody wanna go to Lowe’s for a “FOR SALE” sign and tape it outside the ISS?

ProudPalinFan on July 5, 2010 at 12:54 PM

The only response …

PackerBronco on July 5, 2010 at 12:54 PM

A Saudi female scientist found some trace elements in camel urine which have healing properties.

Seriously.

And that’s Islamic ‘science’ in a nutshell: trying to prove the weirder parts of the Quran and ahadith.

Next up: adult male breastfeeding.

Beagle on July 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Those who came before us made certain that this country rode the first waves of the industrial revolutions, the first waves of modern invention, and the first wave of nuclear power, and this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the coming age of space. We mean to be a part of it–we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.

Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation.

- John F. Kennedy
Rice University
September 12, 1962.

Yeah, so much for THAT.

The Kennedy coffin must be in rotisserie mode.

DarthBrooks on July 5, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation.

- John F. Kennedy
Rice University
September 12, 1962.

Yeah, so much for THAT.

The Kennedy coffin must be in rotisserie mode.

DarthBrooks on July 5, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Hey Arabs…thanks for the numerals. We’ll take it from here.

James on July 5, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Saudi Leads in Nano-Particle Technology!

(found in camel urine – “cure for cancer”)
“Seriously.”

Beagle on July 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM

What do you expect from a guy who got a Nobel prize for achieving…

…nothing.

Pilgrimsarbour on July 5, 2010 at 1:07 PM

memomachine on July 5, 2010 at 12:47 PM

True.

here are some bookmarks if you haven’t seen them.

The Golden Age of Islam is a Myth by Serge Trifkovic (all the emphases below are the author’s):

“…The problem with turning this list of intellectual achievements into a convincing “Islamic” golden age is that whatever flourished, did so not by reason of Islam but in spite of Islam. Moslems overran societies (Persian, Greek, Egyptian, Byzantine, Syrian, Jewish) that possessed intellectual sophistication in their own right and failed to completely destroy their cultures. To give it the credit for what the remnants of these cultures achieved is like crediting the Red Army for the survival of Chopin in Warsaw in 1970! Islam per se never encouraged science, in the sense of disinterested enquiry, because the only knowledge it accepts is religious knowledge.

As Bernard Lewis explains in his book What Went Wrong? the Moslem Empire inherited “the knowledge and skills of the ancient Middle east, of Greece and of Persia, it added to them new and important innovations from outside, such as the manufacture of paper from China and decimal positional numbering from India.” The decimal numbers were thus transmitted to the West, where they are still mistakenly known as “Arabic” numbers, honoring not their inventors but their transmitters.

Furthermore, the intellectual achievements of Islam’s “golden age” were of limited value. There was a lot of speculation and very little application, be it in technology or politics….”

INC on July 5, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Speaking as a non Catholic:

Holy Mary Mother of God!
8 million out of work and Obama perverts the space agency into an islamic outreach center

I want aerospace engineers to feel good about themselves at a time when their self esteem must be lower than the dirt under Obama’s shoe. The outreach should be to our soon to be unemployed Americans – give them money to design a new space program

This needs to be broadcast far and wide and I intend to help pass the word. The only technological outreach to the muslim world should be re designed anti missile systems to defend against Iran and the jackals sending missiles into Israel

We already pay for non citizens from muslim worlds to study aerospace in our universities with scholarships not available to children of Americans. We even help teach muslims how to fly planes into the World Trade Center.

Holy Mary Mother of God help us in this time to war!

entagor on July 5, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Hyping Islam ‘s role in the History of Science

“…The ‘Islamic scholars‘ who translated ‘ancient Greece’s natural philosophy’ were a curious group of Muslims, since all or almost all of the translators from Greek to Arabic were Christians or Jews, as were the translators from Arabic to Latin….”

INC on July 5, 2010 at 1:11 PM

From Jihad Watch:

Irshad Manji and Islamic history

“…Likewise, it is undeniable that there was a great cultural and scientific flowering in the Islamic world in the Middle Ages, but there is no indication that any of this flowering actually came as a result of Islam itself. In fact, there is considerable evidence that it did not in fact come from Islam, but from the non-Muslims who served their Muslim masters in various capacities….

“The first Arabic-language medical treatise was written by a Christian priest and translated into Arabic by a Jewish doctor in 683. The first hospital, another source of pride among Muslims and often a prominent feature of Islamic accomplishment lists, was founded in Baghdad during the Abbasid caliphate by a Nestorian Christian. A pioneering medical school was founded at Gundeshapur in Persia — by Assyrian Christians. The world’s first university may not have been the Muslims’ Al-Azhar in Cairo, as is often claimed, but the Assyrian School of Nisibis….”

INC on July 5, 2010 at 1:12 PM

This was Fjordman’s fisking of Obama’s Cairo speech last year:

Fjordman: To President Obama: Regarding Islam and Science

INC on July 5, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Obama looks on this as a twofer. He gets NASA to stop re-enforcing the idea of American Exceptionalism and he gets brownie points in the third world. What’s not to like? Actually accomplishments are so 20th century anyway.

Fred 2 on July 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The next NASA program: flying carpets

Opinionator on July 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

What the hell? Outreach to Muslims is now part of NASA’s mission? What a freakin joke!

changer1701 on July 5, 2010 at 1:18 PM

What the hell? Outreach to Muslims is now part of NASA’s mission? What a freakin joke!

changer1701 on July 5, 2010 at 1:18 PM

It’s even worse.

According to the NASA administrator he’s been tasked as that being the “foremost” mission.

aquaviva on July 5, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Beagle on July 5, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Camel urine is sacred. Is there nothing it won’t do?

http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/83423

theCork on July 5, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Is this the Onion?

Isn’t that a job for the Department of Education?

In today’s world, perhaps. Me, I say it’s a job for the parents.

If they really want to help children they’ll start offering courses in How to be a Good Union Member, Functioning in a Government Bureaucracy, and How to Exploit Victimhood into a Permanent Paycheck.

Can someone tell me what the Muslim world has ever done that warrants such an outpouring of “understanding” and “compassion”? Just one thing…

Obowma is just enabling them to stay backwards and violent.

Basically every thing this man-girl does (along with Reid, Pelosi and Co.) is designed to enable bad behavior to continue.

reaganaut on July 5, 2010 at 1:35 PM

I want my tax money back!

KMC1 on July 5, 2010 at 1:36 PM

The next NASA program: flying carpets

Opinionator on July 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Hahahahohoheeheeheee!

petefrt on July 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Lil’ Barry couldn’t be a space man, so now no one can.

reaganaut on July 5, 2010 at 1:40 PM

There haven’t been any major scientific achievements in the Middle East since

Since they conquered more intelligent civiliations, such as the Greeks, and stole them.

reaganaut on July 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Since they conquered more intelligent civiliations

I should say the Greeks success was due to the amount of freedom their citizens enjoyed, an amazing amount when compared with the rest of the world during that era. It drove the success of their army of citizen soldiers (for a while), enabled great thinkers to thrive, etc…

reaganaut on July 5, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Exactly what part of the Constitution gives the federal government the authority to confiscate part of my income every year so they can use it to make the world’s Muslims feel better about themselves?

Is that in the “good and welfare” clause, or maybe it’s one of those all-purpose federal powers authorized by the Commerce Clause? Help us out here, cr666, or one of you other liberal legal geniuses.

AZCoyote on July 5, 2010 at 1:47 PM

The Muslim World: So remote that NASA is tasked to reach it.

exception on July 5, 2010 at 2:02 PM

These people are insane.

percysunshine on July 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Where is NASA now?
Lost In 2010 Space Odyssey.
–Jim Wrenn

Jim Wrenn on July 5, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Hmmmm…

You know, maybe this is why we haven’t really been visited by time travellers, technology started to slow to a crawl and we never got there.

From this point forward technology is primarily focused on distracting people and making them dumber with fancy gadgets or designed to slow progress (GREEN).

Let’s look at Barry;

No funding for SDI, military advances – These frequently translate into civilian uses.

Gov healthcare – will severely hamper healthcare techonological advances.

Space – self explanatory

Amnesty – will ensure cheap labor, thus slowing any need for advances in agricultural technology.

Unions – will suck up money for labor, leaving less for industrial technology.

Green – kills all progress.

Scary stuff.

reaganaut on July 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Nasa’s New Mission?
Saving GAIA.

Jim Wrenn on July 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Why is a government agency doing outreach to a religious group?
If Bush wanted NASA to do an outreach to Christians, uh, how well do you think that would go over?

Where’s the “separation of church and state” thing they are always screaming about?

I think it’s about time people started filing some serious lawsuits against this moron of a President. He’s going to just keep doing what he’s doing as long as he thinks he can get away with it.

JellyToast on July 5, 2010 at 2:18 PM

We lost the moon!

Electrongod on July 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Aw, give the Muslims the moon. After all, don’t they “worship” it?

What does the “N” in NASA stand for? I thought that the letter indicated national.

onlineanalyst on July 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Thanks again, 52 percenters.

And hey, do America a big favor. Stay away from the polls in November 2012. I’m sure there will be American Idol reruns to watch that day.

Cicero43 on July 5, 2010 at 2:43 PM

This is un-Constitutional, failing the religious advocacy test.

Why no outreach to the Buddhist World?

Or Hindu?

Or Taoist?

Or Jain?

NASA should be mining the Moon and terraforming Mars.

Not pandering to any creed.

profitsbeard on July 5, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Spock put it best:
“If I were human, I believe my response would be, ‘Go to Hell.’”

CrankyTRex on July 5, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Collectivists (communists) do not believe in competition; they promote cooperation. American exceptionalism runs counter to the Organizer-in-Chief’s mindset.

Oriana Fallaci described in several of her books how historical achievements of the West were belittled or claimed by the Muslims as her country drifted towards Eurabia.

onlineanalyst on July 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Just sooooo glad to see that “science has returned to the White House” since the Evil Booosh left.

{eye roll}

Yet another government bureaucracy that’s too big to fail so has to be kept around doing something.

Kinda like the Bureau of Indian Affairs…been around since the 1820s, sucks up over $2 billion a year of taxpayer money and yet many Amerindians continue to live in squalor on reservations. The fact that those individuals and tribes that figured out how to be successful on their own is of course of no consequence to D.C.

Wonder if they’re contemplating starting up the Freedmen’s Bureau again?

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Just when you think Obamalinsky can’t suck any worse. This guy is a National Disaster. I’m really hoping both Houses of Congress go Republican in November, and by this time next year, we have Lame Duck Joe Bite Me to coast in until real leaders take over this failed Marxist experiment. I want my country back…..

And the left called Bush an idiot for eight years. He looked like a NASA scientist compared to this pile of Kenyan shite……….

adamsmith on July 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Once again, Reagan — and for that matter, Kennedy — had it right: the role of NASA, the NGA, and USSPACECOM is to ensure that space is the ultimate “higher ground” in the event of intercontinental warfare. The only Muslim connection should be that space systems should be in place to rain down advanced weaponry from space on anyone — including Muslim extremists — who seek to attack us first.

VastRightWingConspirator on July 5, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Now we know why Obama doesn’t care that much if Iran gets nuclear weapons: it will make Muslims feel better about their abilities in science.

rgeaste on July 5, 2010 at 4:02 PM

This is a recipe for failure on an expensive scale. Congress needs to either get the White House to redefine its mission for NASA or cut off its funds until the self-esteem party is canceled.

2nd that…yeesh!

cmsinaz on July 5, 2010 at 4:13 PM

So much for the separation between church and state.

watson007 on July 5, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Where is Aleph?

Inanemergencydial on July 5, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Once again, I have to ask, where does Obama get the authority to just change the mission of NASA all on his own? Could he just “order” NASA next month to pick litter up along our highways? Hand out checks to the homeless? Paint park benches?

NASA does not belong to Obama. It is not his personal outreach organization. Tax payers pay for NASA because it had a purpose of advancing America’s reach into space, not advancing Obama’s outreach to Muslims.

JellyToast on July 5, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Opinionator on July 5, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Iran doesn’t need rockets to deliver their nukes. They can fly them here on magic carpets.

petefrt on July 5, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I think everyone should read this Quick History of Islam for History Illiterates

I’ve been reading it for the past 3 days and am about halfway through, it very enlightening about the “contributions of the Muslims to science”

SgtSVJones on July 5, 2010 at 4:29 PM

This is NOT the right stuff.

Mike in Wisconsin on July 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Indeed, this is very much the LEFT stuff IE,
The wrong stuff.

Remember when astronauts were brilliant combat/test pilots w/ phds and crew cuts? Now we have phds w/ shi!t for brains.

TheSitRep on July 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Islam does not create or explore, it destroys and enslaves.

You will probably hear that the Declaration of Independence was inspired by Islam sometime soon, that has the same validity of all their claims to innovation.

Britain went through this stupid farce a few years back and look how wonderful it worked out for them. You don’t need to fluff the egos of religious supremacists. They are among us to eventually rule us.

BL@KBIRD on July 5, 2010 at 4:50 PM

New NASA administrator says “Our job’s too haaaaard, we’ll do social programs instead.”

Padlock the doors, the lights are out and nobody’s home.

NASA delenda est.

Merovign on July 5, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Arabic Numbers were actually invented in India, way before Mohamed smoked his camel dung.

Slowburn on July 5, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Shoot a few of them to the moon……..

Read some history……there is a lot more to man being on the moon and the bad “feelings” from the muslim world than meets the eye…..a lot more……….

RealMc on July 5, 2010 at 5:28 PM

I once thought our future would involve flying cars, jetpacks, robots, and plenty. I thought we’d be exploring Mars by now.

Now the future is beginning to look like 1984 and the movie “Brazil”. It looks like we’ll end our days in an eco-fascist commune wearing clothes without buttons. We’ll have no heat from a fire nor light from a candle. Neo-Luddite doesn’t begin to describe this agenda.

theCork on July 5, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Just when you think, it surely cannot get any worse. You wake up and Obama is still in charge and it is getting worse.

txmomof6 on July 5, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Their engineering is superb, they have learned exactly where to place a bomb to bring a building down…exactly where to place a bomb to destroy a shopping center…exactly where to place a bomb on a school bus…
Yes, they have achieved many great engineering feats…just in reverse, they destroy rather then build.
Is our president really that nuts? NASA ordered to make the muslims feel better?
This is so much worse then I ever imagined…like the plot to a grade B movie, B+ movie.

right2bright on July 5, 2010 at 6:24 PM

All of this bs coming down the pike at us all of the time and we can’t talk about an armed conflict.

Mirimichi on July 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Oh, my… Comrade O is an imbecile of monumental proportions. Each time he comes up with a policy more preposterous and anomalous than the previos one. Is there an end to this insanity in sight? There are days when i wonder if by some universal mischievous deed (some worm hole of sorts) I ended up in a parallel universe where a reversal of all all things logical have taken place…a bizarre case of Alice in Wond…actually Obamaland’… Somebody send me home, pls!!! Back to the universe I came from…2012 maybe????

jimver on July 5, 2010 at 6:34 PM

So the bottom line is the USA now has a space program less effective than Grand Fenwick’s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Fenwick

radjah shelduck on July 5, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Muslim scientific achievements? That’ll be a short list. Most of the scientific and mathematical “discoveries” that Islam often gets credited with by the politically correct were simply borrowed from older cultures–the Byzantines, the Zoroastrian Persians, the Hindu Indians, and the Chinese. But they have come up with some pretty creative IEDs in recent years, I’ll give ‘em that.

waltj on July 5, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Something to remember this by.

BKeyser on July 5, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I found Gary Sinise on Twitter and asked him for a statement on this. He’s touring in Europe with his band, but I would not be surprised if Sean H. fetches him for an interview.

ProudPalinFan on July 5, 2010 at 7:43 PM

You know I am getting pretty tired of writing that the bozo won’t finish his term, but it just doesn’t to happen. It’s got to be trial by treason!

ProudPalinFan on July 5, 2010 at 7:44 PM

I echo the sentiment that if Conservatives don’t make significant inroads during the 2010 election cycle, it truly will be GAME OVER, man.

The POTUS is asking for green technology, yet closing the door on the agency that could have led the way in developing it in the first place. National security demands that we keep our domination of manned space exploration in the heavens, lest we lose the high trump card here on Earth.

Ed’s right in that NASA shouldn’t be funded given its current mandates as that would be good money being tossed in a black hole. JFK is spinning in his grave, while those of us who believed that our eventual future for our species lies in the stars, can only look at the lack of vision as the beginning of twilight for humanity if things aren’t turned around soon.

How is it any different than a certain European nation, on the edge of the New World exploration period, electing instead to burn her sailing vessels (large and small) in the harbor, thus abandoning any attempts to make the initial voyage across the Atlantic?

November 2012 can’t come soon enough.

itzWicks on July 5, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Obama will become to be known as the “President that killed NASA”.

ButterflyDragon on July 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Not if Senator Maculski can help it. I might be a Dem, but I can say Maculski takes NASA pretty seriously. She’s fully aware of the unique science NASA can do and the technologies that spin off. The Hubble and James Webb Telescope missions for example required techniques and technologies not even invented yet. Those and other missions make us THINK and make us put our minds to work as did Apollo 13 and all of the Moon missions for that matter. I eprsonally have written her expressing my concerns and I suggest others do the same. We need to keep the missions set forth by the last administration which we were well on our way to doing until Obama decided to do something stupid.

johnnyU on July 5, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Correction: that should read

I might NOT be a Dem…..

johnnyU on July 5, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Once again, I have to ask, where does Obama get the authority to just change the mission of NASA all on his own? Could he just “order” NASA next month to pick litter up along our highways? Hand out checks to the homeless? Paint park benches?

NASA does not belong to Obama. It is not his personal outreach organization. Tax payers pay for NASA because it had a purpose of advancing America’s reach into space, not advancing Obama’s outreach to Muslims.

Jelly, you got that right. I say the same thing about most everything this guy does – where does he get the authority? Perhaps we have discovered a flaw in out system of checks and balances – when the same party controls executive and legislative branches, and marches lockstep to the same tune, then there is effectively NO check on power, and we have tyranny.

Mr. Pickles on July 5, 2010 at 9:00 PM

National Administration of Sharia Assimilation

UncleOlaf on July 5, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Who’s more moronic, Charles Bolden or Michael Steele?

Or, Obama?

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Check out Mr. Breitbart’s new site, and consider him a national treasure.

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2010 at 9:25 PM

I get along with some of these guys.

Eeeewwwww..this pandering makes even me sick!

IlikedAUH2O on July 5, 2010 at 9:58 PM

It’s about time. Expect future NASA press releases to emphasize the tremendous contributions of islam to the space program

http://www.damaverick.com/obama195.jpg

DaMav on July 6, 2010 at 12:40 AM

The muslim achievements in math and science amount to this, mainly: stealing mathematics from the Hindus and inventing a decimal system of numerals, some astronomical observations, and helping keep the knowledge base alive during the Dark Ages.
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Inspiring children has always been a byproduct of NASA’s main mission, as already mentioned by several above. It’s hard to imagine how they will inspire even more by gutting their core mission to please Obama, who needs the R&D money we would normally spend to pay off his hungry interest group constituencies.
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Increasing international cooperation is a given if we intend any space program at all, since we will no longer be in the business and will depend on other nations’ rockets to get us there.
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How on earth are we going to survive another two years and almost seven months of this buffoon?

Adjoran on July 6, 2010 at 1:01 AM

I expected to see some support here from the creationists. Looking at the heavens is how the whole thing began to unravel. Obama would have quashed Galileo and his heretical ideas.

deewhybee on July 6, 2010 at 2:07 AM

Our nation started to reach for the stars.
Now we just “reach for the sky” in hopes that the bad guys will let us live a just little bit longer.
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The Right Stuff has no place in the current administration – why should NASA be any different.
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NASA used to be about results not words.

Charles Bolden should be ashamed about his role in this late-term abortion.

least1 on July 6, 2010 at 2:46 AM

Can we impeach him yet?

mredly on July 6, 2010 at 2:50 AM

NASA’s spaced-out mission no longer includes … space

I suspect that it does. The space is actually getting larger between our founding fathers, the constitution, and that modern anti-God marxist construct called liberal/progressivism, known to the voters as the Democratic Party.(And not a few spaced out Republicans)

Don L on July 6, 2010 at 4:33 AM

Perhaps NASA could re-enact the flight of Big Moe to heaven on his magical winged horse al-Burak by gluing plastic wings on an unfortunate Arabian horse with a Saturn 5 booster up its rear end. Our illustrious leader could volunteer to play the role of the ‘prophet’ as part of his outreach program.

Annar on July 6, 2010 at 6:45 AM

nice subtitle there Ed

cmsinaz on July 6, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Absolutely. Because when I think of math and science, I think of a religion that denies education to its women. Well done, Barasshole.

teacherman on July 6, 2010 at 8:59 AM

ok, sorry.

teacherman on July 6, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Barackhole ?

teacherman on July 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM

DOTUS…….next thing to destroy?

“mmmmmm, Rahm let’s focus on the Space Program until my next tee time.”

PappyD61 on July 6, 2010 at 9:02 AM

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