Obama Looks To Enhance Space Program
President Wants NASA To Park Ship On Asteroid
When the USA and Russia were engaged in a battle over communism verse capitalism the showdown came in many forms, one of which was the space race. Russia struck first by sending the world’s first satellite into space, but the USA quickly won the battle by sending a man on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. NASA showed it’s strength and expertise in space travel when Neil Armstrong took man’s first steps on the moon, and stuck an American flag into the moon’s surface. Unfortunately, NASA has not done anything near as amazing since that time, but that is all about to change now that President Obama is looking to reinvest in NASA and the space program.
According to a news editor working for GPS tracking system distributor Tracking System Direct, Obama has already began the process to increase funding for NASA, but the money comes with some contingencies. What Obama wants in return for the federal dollars is NASA to send a space shuttle and astronaut to an asteroid. The President wants NASA not only to put a man on a traveling asteroid, but he also wants to enhance the program to the point where long space travels can become the norm.
Many scientists believe an asteroid was what led to the extinction of the dinosaurs, and the threat of another asteroid hitting the Earth causing mass extinction is still a real possibility. Scientists are hoping that by traveling to an asteroid they may gather information on how to potentially stop a possible hazardous asteroid from striking the Earth.
The task of getting a man on an asteroid is not an easy task, with one NASA representative stating that it is the hardest thing they can be asked to do.
The trip to the moon and back took the crew of Apollo 11 eight days, but a trip to the closest asteroid would take approximately 200 days, assuming the ship did not encounter any serious problems.
Source: Google News