NASA’s Constellation moon plans are up in the air With members of Congress objecting to President Obama’s call for an end to the program, the agency presses ahead in some areas but declines to contract out more work.
Delicately but deliberately, NASA is closing down the Constellation program that was to replace the space shuttle and return astronauts to the moon. President Obama wants to cancel NASA’s moon plans and shut down the program in October. But Congress has not agreed and says Constellation cannot be legally scrapped without its OK. That leaves NASA caught in a tug of war. So engineers are building pieces of Constellation while at the same time NASA is turning off parts of the program that it never officially started with