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Is the OMB Trying To End Planetary Exploration? 236

EccentricAnomaly writes "Lou Friedman (former head of the Planetary Society) has written a provocative article over at Space Policy Review where he accuses the Obama administration of working on plans to gut the robotic Mars program in order to pay for NASA's exciting new rocket. This is after NASA already killed the Europa mission that was to have been the next outer planet mission after Cassini."
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Is the OMB Trying To End Planetary Exploration?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 12, 2011 @05:57AM (#37688146)

    OMB = Office of Management and Budget for us non-Americans.

  • Re:PR (Score:5, Informative)

    by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Wednesday October 12, 2011 @09:04AM (#37689088) Homepage

    NASA uses a lot of tax money

    NASA budget: $19 billion
    US military budget: $685 billion (including $79 billion for R&D alone)

    If you do a pie chart of the federal budget, NASA barely even gets a sliver.

    That's one of the oddities I've seen among those who generally oppose government spending: They tend to have a wildly distorted view of where most of the federal spending actually goes. The big items that account for almost all of it are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the military, and interest on previously accumulated debt, so if you're really trying to reduce the size of government, you have to do something about those.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.