The debate is by no means over – it just will shift venues. Congress holds the purse strings – and the Constellation program has some very powerful supporters on both sides of the building and both sides of the aisle. One of them Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama – home of the Marshall Spaceflight Center. He blasted the Obama Administration – saying: Congress “cannot and will not sit back and watch the reckless abandonment of sound principles, a proven track record, a steady path to success, and the destruction of our human space flight program. Constellation is the only path forward that maintains America’s leadership in space.”
Well, that’s a taste of the debate to come. We also caught up with the only current member of Congress who has flown in space – Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.