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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Space For Rent

To Infinity and Beyond! - Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

The President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond will be releasing it's long-awaited report at around 9:00 am (Pacific Time) today. According to an AP report the commission:
...wants NASA to give private companies a broader role and a greater share of the financial burden.

The presidential commission will recommend that NASA's role in missions be limited to "areas where there is irrefutable demonstration that only government can perform the proposed activity," according to a summary of its conclusions obtained by The Associated Press.

Responsibility for manned spaceflight would stay with NASA.

The president's panel, led by former astronaut Edward C. "Pete" Aldridge, describes how to meet Bush's exploration objectives "within reasonable schedules and affordable costs." Its recommendations are aimed at least partly toward easing the burden for taxpayers by increasing commercialization of the nation's space program.

And we all know how that's going to end up, don't we?:

Space: The Finalled Frontier...: Yahoo! News' original posted link to Dubya's space proposal yields a very interesting result ("Blame Clinton!", anyone?). The correct link is here.