Obama State of the Union NASA shout out may have endorsed a space colony or baseMarkWhittington (1084047) writes "President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address was noted for many things, including a shout out or two directed at NASA, a government agency that has been the subject of some controversy during his administration, according to a Tuesday post in Space Policy Online. Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is preparing for a year-long stay on the International Space Station, had the pride of place as one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 26 invited guests. His mission is said to be a preparation for an expedition to Mars, the ultimate goal of the president’s space program as announced in 2010.
The phrasing of the shout out was interesting. "pushing out into the Solar System not just to visit, but to stay." The phrase suggests some kind of space colony or base, perhaps on Mars, perhaps elsewhere. Such has not been mentioned before by the president. The Constellation program, which the president cancelled, aimed at a moon base, something that Obama disdained."
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