Much of the mainstream response to Constellation’s cancellation and replacement by more effective spending reads like everything was going honky dory with Constellation in the first place. The reality is that this porker is already many years behind schedule and well along the path to failure. Rescuing Constellation would require dramatically increasing NASA’s budget and cutting out many of the other things NASA does. The first is improbably, to say the least, in the current environment. The second costs way more jobs than cancelling Constellation does and punishes success rather than failure.
All that the administration is proposing is that we recognize reality and refocus on things that might actually work. It spends less money and creates more jobs! What’s not to like?
If you care about a free and open frontier in space, are a US citizen, over 18 and can possibly get to DC next week Take Back Space is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring just a bit of reality about space to Capitol Hill. Don’t miss it.