Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi voiced her skepticism of manned space missions and noted that the future of NASA’s funding might depend on was kind of jobs the company can provide.
Pelosi guaranteed “harsh scrutiny” of all funding requests and is always going to inquire: “what is the mission? How will the money effectively be spent, in what period of time, to create jobs, compared to what?”
NASA’s Constellation plan wants to launch astronauts to the moon by 2020, and wants to consider trips to M and other parts of the solar system.
“There is a debate in the scientific community about the investment that it takes to have those flights be manned and I guess we say ‘personned’ now but manned and what the safety of it is,” said Pelosi.