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Ariail cartoon misrepresents Obama's role in Shuttle's demise

Posted: July 19, 2011 2:10 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2011 5:00 a.m.

For Robert Ariail to conflate the end of the Shuttle program with the end of U.S. leadership in space and to place the blame on President Obama gets the facts wrong: it was President Bush who announced the end of the Shuttle program on April 1, 2005. President Obama proposed the cancellation of the successor to the Shuttle program, the Constellation program. But in convoluted Washington fashion, that program's full cancellation is, by statute, actually up to Congress.


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