Ed Cesnalis Posted February 2, 2014 Report Share Posted February 2, 2014 When NASA's mandate changed its primary objectives to include "... to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science...and math and engineering." I was beyond skeptical Fast forward to today: NASA is supposed to build machines that launch into space, not structures that stay grounded on Earth and send spending into the stratosphere. But that is exactly what is happening this year as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration completes the $350 million rocket-engine testing A-3 tower at its research facility in Mississippi. There is just one problem: The space exploration agency doesn’t want it. “Because the Constellation Program was cancelled in 2010 the A-3’s unique testing capabilities will not be needed and the stand will be mothballed upon completion,” NASA’s internal watchdog, the inspector general, said this month. Instead, NASA is forced to complete the project — which now won’t be put to use — because of legislation handed down from Congress in what critics say is a classic example of earmarking. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/30/golden-hammer-350-million-nasa-project-to-be-compl/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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