NASA Budget Under Scrutiny by House Lawmakers
By Bart Jansen
posted: 24 March 2010
01:42 pm ET
WASHINGTON — The Constellation program aimed at sending astronauts back to the moon was too expensive, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Tuesday as he faced another House grilling about the agency's budget.
Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on science, asked Bolden why the administration would discard the Constellation program after spending $9 billion on it.
Bolden said Constellation wouldn't have reached the moon before 2030. Even then, he said the Ares rocket and Orion capsule wouldn't have had a way to return from the moon's surface because that hasn't been budgeted.
"I just couldn't in good conscience recommend that to the president," Bolden said.
President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2011 budget prop
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