« Last post by yg1968 on Today at 01:22 pm »
Think about it. Do you really think if the White House had asked for billions for a lander that appropriators would have funded a lander over the billions needed to keep STS dollars and jobs in their states and districts?
C’mon… let’s not be so naive.
Congress probably wouldn't have funded a lander in 2011 but they would have later on. The proof of that is that they eventually did, once that it was actually included in a budget request.
The White House didn’t write the 2010 NASA Authorization Act. The White House didn’t write the associated appropriations. The responsibility for creating and funding an HLV and capsule absent any architecture and systems necessary to make that HLV and capsule useful lies with Congress, not with the White House. Orion/SLS was Congress’s bridge to nowhere, not the White House’s.
You are trying to rewrite history. Although it is Congress that initially proposed it, the Obama Administration owned SLS and Orion as soon as Obama signed the 2010 NASA Authorizations bill. SLS and Orion became a bridge to nowhere because of the Journey to Mars and the Asteroid redirect mission which had no need for a lunar lander. You can obviously blame SLS and Orion mostly on Congress but the Journey to Mars and the Asteroid redirect mission fiascos can only be blamed on the Obama Administration.