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The space shuttle endeavor is safely back home a lot it and with a perfect landing in Florida yesterday did you watch this.
But if NASA continues -- its current plan a number of shuttle landings will drop to zero starting next fall.
The Obama administration is reviewing the future of the shuttle program and Phil Keating takes a look at -- immediate future.
President Obama is Augustine commission set to review exactly where NASA's future space -- stands.
It's -- present five or six options to President Obama.
By August 31 some of these will be within current budget constraints some will be beyond but they will include returning to the moon.
Going to Mars.
-- Constellation Program replaces the shuttle fleet which is set to retire next year the Ares one rocket will carry the Orion capsule into space.
Which could hit Florida six astronauts to get to the space station or to hook -- they lunar Lander in orbit.
And then get to the moon.
For the first test flight Ares one X has now been delayed from August to Halloween.
Engineers say their models show that -- -- design may shake to violently as it goes up.
But engineers say all issues with the Ares one remain solvable.
-- fired -- will be the largest ever for NASA it will take up heavy cargo to the International Space Station as well as -- the lunar Lander into orbit.
All of all of these issues the Obama commission this week.
Now suggesting possibly extending the lifespan of the space shuttle fleet.
Beyond 2010 as it is currently set to retire -- possibly with one or two missions.
-- the year -- -- fifth team.
All of this we'll have to -- out by the Obama administration which right now as cut NASA's budget for this year.
But 46 billion dollars.
-- Cape Canaveral Phil Keating Fox News.
So is extending the life of the shuttle a viable option there may be an important safety factor to consider we wanted to talk to Tom Jones too bad he's joining us now is a former NASA astronaut.
-- space walker and author of the book you must read planet's ecology.
-- -- -- -- First of all tell me a little bit about the meeting that went on this week and how -- after -- and former astronauts feel about.
What is being considered.
Well one proposal in the public meetings the Augustine panel had this week was to extend the life -- -- shuttle to.
Minimize our reliance on running space seats from the Russians over the next few years after the shuttle retires and the support the operations of the space station.
And I I agree the space station needs to be -- we need to get people out there.
But you have to look at the cost of doing that if you extend the shuttle program in only cost three to four billion dollars a year money which would be spent on building and testing its successor.
Extends the risk period for the astronauts to climb on the shuttle -- seven missions left.
We lost the Colombian 2003 and.
Of course there's no escape system on the shuttle for astronauts during launch and landing so in my view would be Smart to retire the shuttle on schedule.
And use those funds to accelerate the development of its successor and I hope the White House will actually -- -- And NASA spending to accelerate the arrival of the Orion and Ares rocket.
How far along are.
Those in terms of production and do they have all the capabilities that -- the space shuttle -- in terms of maintaining the space station.
Well certainly the a new Orion capsule won't have a big cargo they'd haul heavy cargo to the station but it does.
Future Chicago shipments to the space station can be done commercially.
Or via other international partner rockets so that's not the big question here the question really is.
You know do you have a safer more economical vehicle coming online and the Ares is about to -- its troops first unmanned test flight this -- -- Phil mentioned.
-- -- will be around in 2015 if the funding is provided to it by the White House so.
I think we can get over this gap after the shuttle retires it's embarrassing that we have to buy seats from the Russians.
Particularly since we just celebrated how we went to the moon first now we can't even get into orbit.
On our own but the answer to that problem is to get the replacement along as quickly as possible.
So Tom before I let it go you know -- -- space -- I love to watch these launches and landings and I'd like to go to space so what about civilian seats in the future how far away I worry about is an important part of our future in space -- because.
First we're gonna have commercial suborbital travel where tourists fly on a cannon ball trajectory like Alan Shepard did back in 1961.
-- cost about 200000 dollars a ride on the new a virgin galactic being one of the new competitors in that field but.
Important element of that commercial sector is that that will provide cheaper more economical cargo shipments to the space station -- that NASA.
Can get out of the trucking business sense and it's and that business off to.
Future UPS or FedEx firms that will ship things like food water and fuel to the space station.
I am looking at represents look at that video and I hope that's not the cargo Hulk has only ever fit my baggage but I do hope you have.
But it happens and -- hope the findings that town always great to see you thanks so much on -- welcome have a great.
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