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McCain voices support for Constellation program! (Huge News) June 7, 2008

Posted by Nick Azer in Constellation, Current News, McCain, Obama.
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On Thursday (the 5th of june), Sen. John McCain (a candidate that some feared would look to cut back NASA’s Constellation program as President, which includes their Lunar and Martian base efforts; McCain has mentioned a potential freeze on all domestic discretionary funding) voiced support for NASA’s efforts to get a man on Mars, stating that he “would be willing to spend more taxpayer’s dollars” essentially as long as NASA ‘did a better job of inspiring the public’.

“‘I am intrigued by a man on Mars and I think that it would excite the imagination of the American people if we can say, ‘Hey, here’s what it looks like,’ he said.
‘We know that now, and here’s what may be there and let’s all join in that project. I think Americans would be very willing to do that.’ ”

Sen. John McCain

McCain’s signature thumbs-up now applies to Mars colonization.

Sen. Barack Obama‘s Education plan includes delaying Constellation by five years in order to fund education, though he has stated:

“I grew up on Star Trek…I believe in the final frontier.”
Sen. Barack Obama

A big part of NASA’s Constellation program is to inspire the public, and one of Obama’s biggest crutches in the campaign so far as been hope and inspiration, so one could speculate Constellation’s mission is solidly within his style.

But, for now, we have confirmation that the less likely supporter of the program (McCain) is entirely for it, which means that no matter who wins in November, Constellation will continue (even if a little delayed) and should go strong for many years.

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