There is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that Huntsville is indeed "the Rocket City." The bad news is that Huntsville is indeed the rocket city. The announcement of yet another potential human space flight project being canceled didn't sit well with "the Rocket City."
The backlash on the proposed cancellation of the Constellation program (detailed in the FY 2011 Federal Budget Proposal) has begun. The proposed cut includes the entire Constellation fleet of spacecraft. This includes the Ares I crew launch vehicle, the Ares V heavy lift cargo launch vehicle, and the Orion lunar exploration vehicle. The backlash is loud and the momentum of the support for Ares is growing. It is from Democrats and Republicans alike.
Although there are a number of proposals on the mat, there have been no decisions as to what specifically the replacement for human space exploration might be. With legislation passed last December, in anticipation of the possibility of yet another canceled space project, cutting Ares without Congressional approval is, by law, illegal. That given, Ares is not officially cut, yet; but the process has started. The debate has begun.
Citizens who would like to weigh in and make their opinions known with their senators and representatives can call, write, or use email.
In the online community, Facebook's "Save NASA's Constellation and Manned Space Flight Program" had nearly 6,000 supporter members two days after the February 1, 2010 announcement.
The "Save Constellation" video was put together by a member of the Ares I-X team who wanted to pay tribute and make known the contributions of the Ares team.
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