When George Bush left office NASA under law was directed to return to the moon. That policy changed with the Election of Obama.
While the idea of STEM education for the country might have been a sound one, it has been transformed into a monster with tenacles in way too many departments.
Stem crisscrossed into so many agencies. National Science Foundation
It is the only American federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering, except for medical sciences
STEM generally supports broadening the study of engineering within each of the other subjects, and beginning engineering at younger grades, even elementary school. It also brings STEM education to all students rather than only the gifted programs.
The Department of Commerce
In 2014, the U.S. federal government plans to spend $3 billion on STEM education programs through a variety of federal agencies
Now to bring the focus of my blog back to destruction of NASA as we know it.
Why aren’t we going to the moon anymore?
That policy changed with the Election of Obama. Why should we be surprised? When running for Election he clearly stated his goals for Eduction and NASA.
Obama unveils $18B education plan 11/21/2007 http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2007-11-20-obama-education_N.htm?csp=15
So the Obama Plan is to cut NASA, and put the cash into STEM.
Obama Unveil NASA ‘vision” speech
Obama said that his program would create 2,500 more jobs than Constellation would have — though that number was never clear. He also would spend $1.9 billion over five years to modernize the aging spaceport — and has given a federal agency task force an Aug. 15 deadline to set up a $40 million job transition plan for KSC workers.
Before his speech, Obama toured the nearby launch facility of the California-based SpaceX company. SpaceX expects to test its Falcon 9 rocket — capable of carrying cargo to the International Space Station — in the coming weeks.
Its founder, internet tycoon Elon Musk, has pushed Washington to have NASA rely more on commercial rockets — a centerpiece of Obama’s plan.
Obama would have NASA use commercial rocket companies to resupply the International Space Station with crew and cargo. The rockets could include existing Delta IV and Atlas V rockets as well as new spacecraft being designed and built by SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp.
Obama left KSC for a South Florida fundraiser as NASA officials, aerospace executives and other space experts talked about how to implement his plan.
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