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#252 - Programa Orion em risco com a saída de apoiador republicano

Diversos programas da NASA - incluindo o Orion que está focado em levar os humanos de volta à Lua - poderão perder prioridade na Câmara dos Representantes com a saída do deputado John Culberson, seu principal defensor e entusiasta.

Crédito: NASA

Culberson, um republicano do Texas, perdeu a cadeira para a democrata Lizzie Fletcher nas eleições de midterm realizadas essa semana nos EUA. O deputado tem sido defensor da ciência e dos voos espaciais tripulados nas últimas duas décadas.

Após oito anos no poder, os republicanos da Câmara passarão o controle das ações para os democratas.

Marina Koren (The Atlantic):
The outcome of Tuesday’s elections will sweep several longtime champions of NASA out of the House. Some have held office for many years, and their interest in space exploration has led to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for ambitious projects.
Plenty of ardent NASA advocates remain in the chamber, but the departure of these well-known faces could lead to a shift in legislative priorities. 
Culberson is also a supporter of the Space Launch System, a rocket and capsule currently under construction at NASA. With Culberson gone, the SLS loses a supporter to defend the program from criticism, both in Congress and the broader space community, that it is too costly.
He is likely to be replaced as chair by José Serrano of New York, the current ranking member of the committee.



São Paulo, 9 de novembro de 2018