I personally disagree with the cancellation of the Constellation program, and believe that it was one of the brightest spots on Bush's presidency, if not the brightest. I believe support for the International Space Program is essential but lacks some benefits of a permanent moon base and that investing in the moon will set America back in the next generation of space exploration and research. Congressman Artur Davis commented on the recent decision:
"A manned space flight program is a vital component of America's scientific future. NASA's decision to scrap the Constellation program is a major error that Congress needs to correct. I will work with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to push the Administration to reverse course; if our voices are not heard, the advocates of Constellation will be waiting on the floor of the House and the Senate. It also goes without saying that the 2200 job loss from shutting down Constellation is an unacceptable blow to North Alabama's economy."While other countries, such as China, India, and Russia, invest and develop there space programs, it seems as America is moving ahead more cautiously, having vague plans for the future that may or may not yield positive results. Where is that "yes we can" attitude from the presidential campaign?
Christopher Dawson, over at ZDNet, says it best:
I absolutely understand why budgets have been re-prioritized and I applaud efforts to address climate issues and explore public-private partnerships for “capsules and rockets that can be used as space taxis to take astronauts on fixed-price contracts to and from the International Space Station.” However, this seems like a lost opportunity to engage the next generation of scientists in ways that the first space race did quite admirably.