Senator Obama is portrayed by some as the successor and heir to President Kennedy, and they share the themes of youth, idealism, and optimism. However, on the subject of space exploration there are jarring differences. President Kennedy began NASA’s Apollo program, vowing to put an astronaut on the Moon in less than ten years, a goal that was miraculously achieved. Senator Obama has an education policy that will delay NASA’s successor to Apollo, the Constellation program, for five years. Obama has praised Kennedy and Apollo in speeches and a television advertisement, but on other occasions he has questioned the need for any human spaceflight beyond Earth orbit, whether it be humans on the moon or on Mars.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
From The Space Review: