THE WAR ON ROCKET SCIENCE CONTINUES (UPDATED)
President Space Ghost is heading for the Space Coast. Quick–hide your jobs!
But first, as we noted in January,
“Obama commits to moon mission” By Robert Block, Orlando Sentinel, August, 16 2008
“Obama aims to ax moon mission” By Robert Block, Orlando Sentinel, January 27, 2010
If, for whatever bizarre and inexplicable reason, you’ve decided to subject yourself to the SOTU speech tonight, think of these…and remember:
It’s Only Words.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Near the launch pads where U.S. space voyages begin, President Barack Obama will try to reassure workers that America’s space adventures sail on despite the coming end of space shuttle flights.
And Obama on Thursday will also try to explain why he aborted his predecessor’s return-to-the moon plan in favor of a complicated system of public-and-private flights that would go elsewhere in space, with details still to be worked out.
It’s a tough sell.
Solution: A Canaveral Kickback! “Deem and Dream!”
Earlier this week, the administration said it would rescue a small part of the moon program: its Orion crew capsule. But instead of taking four astronauts to the moon, the not-yet-built Orion will be slimmed down and used as an emergency escape pod on the space station.
What a perfect metaphor for Obama’s vision of the country: from “To Boldly Go…!” to “Keep your head down, crawl into the escape pod and nobody will get hurt.”
“America–We Lead the World in Escape Pod Technology!”
Obama becomes the first sitting president in 12 years to visit Kennedy Space Center, but he won’t stay long. After a couple hours he’ll jet to Miami and spend more time in South Florida at two Democratic National Committee fundraisers.
First things first!
He’s heading to South Florida? Probably just wants be closer to Castro.
If that’s possible.
UPDATE: Allahpundit says we can’t afford a space program–but the first principle of security is to take the high ground. We can’t afford not to have a space program.