Thursday, May 8, 2008

Presidential Candidates Too Quiet on Space Policy

By Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides Wired
NPR ran a story yesterday on the presidential candidates' views on space. Indiana, home of Purdue University, which has graduated 22 astronauts, and North Carolina go to the polls today and take us one step closer to our next president.

But a question that is of increasing concern among space scientists, engineers and supporters is what will the new president's space policy do? For many space voters there is a deep fear that the industry may face yet another deep re-evaluation of priorities, program "deferrals" or cancellations. In my 12 years in the work force I have seen little but that and there has been a huge cost financially, technically, and culturally that we are still bearing.

NPR's Jeremy Hobson went to the candidates to get their plans -- er, "initial thoughts."
Read more HERE.

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