Obama's Plan for NASA

As the legend goes, when the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez landed in what is now Mexico in 1519, he ordered the boats that brought him and his men there to be burned.  Obama seems to have something similar planned for NASA.Although the MSM has largely ignored Barack Obama's plans for NASA, the issue is likely to bubble up during the general election campaign, if he's the Democratic nominee.  Here's why.There's a potential confluence of two events - one possible and one planned: an Obama presidency and a mission shift already underway at NASA.  The Space Shuttle program will end in 2010.  The Constellation program is not scheduled to begin manned flights until 2015.  Meanwhile, NASA faces dramatic job reductions among its 21,000 labor force at the close of the Shuttle Program.  For example, the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, FL faces a cut of 8,000 contractor jobs. The Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans could lose 1,300 of its 1,900...(Read Full Article)