Ed Weiler quit NASA over Mars planetary program cuts to be announced Monday


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Ed Weiler quit NASA in September because of the cuts to the Mars planetary program that the Obama administration will announce on Monday.

Weiler was NASA’s chief science administrator for most of the past thirty years.

As I have already noted, the programs that NASA shouldn’t cut are its planetary and astronomy programs. Far better to dump the Space Launch System, which eats up a lot more cash and will end up producing nothing. By doing so you would not only reduce NASA’s actual budget — thereby saving the federal government money — you could simultaneously increase the budgets of the planetary and astronomy programs.

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  • Joe2

    “As I have already noted, the programs that NASA shouldn’t cut are its planetary and astronomy programs. Far better to dump the Space Launch System, which eats up a lot more cash and will end up producing nothing. By doing so you would not only reduce NASA’s actual budget — thereby saving the federal government money — you could simultaneously increase the budgets of the planetary and astronomy programs.”

    I suppose I could suggest we all get together and sing robots über alles, but instead I will ask what I hope will be taken as a serious question (because it is).

    Amidst all the wailing about the Obama Administration beginning to do to the “space science” program what it has already been doing to HSF, does anybody have any idea what the HSF budget (including the SLS and MPCV) will look like?

  • wade

    believe me, those budgets are Top Secret for 2 more years. manned space flight Indeed.

  • Kelly Starks

    >.. programs that NASA shouldn’t cut are its planetary and astronomy programs. Far better to dump the Space
    > Launch System, which eats up a lot more cash and will end up producing nothing. …

    Really though, its the SLS thats the most “productive” since it actually keeps some HSF capacity alive, builds at least toward BEO HSF, and manitains a credible minimal industrial base nessisary to develop this stuff. As well of course politically it keeps jobs in districts.

    planetary and astronomy programs (or COTS and CCDev) don’t.

  • Joe2

    Yes, but that is only true if you care anything at all about HSF.

  • Kelly Starks

    Seems congress does.

  • Joe2

    With the possible presidential candidates we have lets hope so.

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