Monday, February 15, 2010

SAVE the Astronauts! is available on the Google Android Market

SAVE the Astronauts! helps facilitate using the official White House contact web site to send a message of support for the NASA Constellation program which will be killed in the President's new Budget if something is not done to save the program. We must HELP or the United States will have NO WAY to send astronauts into space!  In addition to this, tens of thousands of jobs will be lost across the country.

This is a simple app with a sample message that the user can cut and paste into the White House website form, and a link to point the user to the White House online form. The user can then edit the message before sending it. The app does not send the form for the user or send any type of email or submit any online form automatically. The app simply provides users with a sample message and points them to an official White House contact website to make the process a little bit easier, and encourage support for NASA's manned spaceflight program.

The reason we wrote SAVE the Astronauts! can best be summarized by quotes from the op-ed piece by Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post on February 12, 2010:

"...By the end of this year, there will be no shuttle, no U.S. manned space program, no way for us to get into space ... which the U.S. has dominated for nearly half a century...
...Our absence from low-Earth orbit was meant to last a few years, the interval between the retirement of the ... space shuttle and its replacement with the Constellation program (Ares booster, Orion capsule, Altair lunar lander) to take astronauts more cheaply and safely back to space...
...But the Obama 2011 budget kills Constellation. Instead, we shall have nothing. For the first time since John Glenn flew in 1962, the U.S. will have no access of its own for humans into space -- and no prospect of getting there in the foreseeable future...
...Of course, the administration presents the abdication as a great leap forward: Launching humans will now be turned over to the private sector, while NASA's efforts will be directed toward landing on Mars...
...This is nonsense. It would be swell for private companies to take over launching astronauts. But they cannot do it. It's too expensive. It's too experimental. And the safety standards for actually getting people up and down reliably are just unreachably high...
...Sure, decades from now there will be a robust private space-travel industry. But that is a long time. In the interim, space will be owned by Russia and then China... [Obama] is quite prepared to gratuitously give up our spectacular lead in human space exploration...
...Today the manned space program will die for want of ... 1/300th of last year's stimulus package ...
Fifty years ago, Kennedy opened the New Frontier. Obama has just shut it."

dodoBird developers is not affiliated with NASA or any contractor of the Constellation program.

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