(IAAC) Pluto Mission **BREAKING News**
Looks like another UP for the team at PlutoMission.Com... For the complete
story of whats been going on go to: www.plutomission.com, or see the below
e-mails. The e-mails below the Previous E-Mail notice does contain old news,
right below is the current status, and we need your support!
"Word has it that Senate Appropriations Committee staff have notified NASA
that they would object to the termination of the AO for the proposed
Pluto-Kuiper Express mission at this time. They said that they would prefer
that NASA should proceed through the proposal submission process and that
final disposition of whether or not to fund the mission will be made as part
of the overall FY 2002 budget process. NASA has reportedly said that they
would comply with this request."
NOW is the time to act and aggressively write your own members of congress
and the senate as well as the below addresses. I encourage all of you to
write in, and please do mention the PlutoMission.Com website, and have them
refer to the petition for a mission. Please state you strongly encourage them
to object to no funding for a PlutoMission, that if we loose the 2004
Jupiter-Gravity Assist Opportunity, another opportunity doesn't exist for a
To mail your own reps in the house and senate go to these sites:
And Also mail a copy of your letter to:
Dana@mail.house.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, David.Wu@mail.house.gov, email@example.com,
This is the time to RALLY behind the need for a Pluto Mission, Mail EACH and
every one of those people, NOW is the time to act!
Ted A. Nichols II
Campaign Manager - www.plutomission.com
--Previous E-Mails, MAY Contain Old News--
Everyone check out this website:
Looks like NASA has sent Congress a letter that basically says
this, "It is NASA's and the administration's intent to cancel the
Pluto announcement of opportunity. Before we take that action, we are
notifying the Congress of that intended action."
and write and emand that action not be allowed!
Ted A. Nichols II
I have done some strategizing.
I have been informed the way in which NASA has closed the AO was not
proper, and should be pointed out to your reps for action.
There is a link there that will open up an e-mail message, with over
50 pertinent peoples addresses already in the e-mail.
It also describes the technicality more in depth, and describes what
We need to start writing now, for this should be done within a 24
There still may be hope, even if only a small chance.
For more info see the following page:
Ted A. Nichols II
Greetings to all,
Ted Nichols II here from PlutoMission.Com
President George W. Bush's budget for NASA has been received, and acted upon
already to some extent. The budget includes "No funding for the Pluto-Kuiper
Express and Solar Probe missions."
More information is available by viewing this website:
The budget cuts will also affect the International Space Station, with the US
X-33, US Habitation Module, and Centrifuge Accommodation Modules expected to
soon be cancelled. However the budget promises, the station will be complete
"once the space station is ready to accept major international hardware
I expect much more info to come out in the coming months regarding how NASA
will be working with its budget.
In a telephone interview with me today, Don Savage from NASA Headquarters
said the following:
"The current status for the Pluto Mission would be regarded as "No Funding." "
NASA HQ has sent a directorate to Congress, as required, stating it has
closed the Announcement of Opportunity for the Pluto Mission, and will not be
accepting Proposals for such a mission. It was also stated resources are
given to directed technology in space propulsion, such as solar electric,
etc. So missions like DS1 may test certain methods to get to places faster,
such as the outer planets. While the mission is currently not alive, it does
give some hope to someday getting there in a faster period.
While a major blow to efforts set up by PlutoMission.Com, and the Planetary
Society's efforts, from the PlutoMission.Com end, I can assure you it is not
the end of the road. There is still much to do, and in the coming days I will
work on a strategy to combat the current "punch." The website will be updated
shortly to reflect the situation.
I've had a great ride so far in my efforts, so I don't see myself giving up.
Since October, I've been to NASA Headquarters, and back again to Washington
DC for a Planetary Sponsored Pluto Event, I've received MAJOR press for my
efforts, and much more has happened that I hope I'll be able to comment on
later. My website went from something my teachers didn't think would amount
to much, to an internationally publicized site, mentioned in tons of
publications, and getting over 10,000 signatures. It's amazing sometimes what
you can do when you put your mind to it, I'm certainly proud of what I've
done so far, and what I will reach to do in the future.
If anyone has any questions feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, I'm open for press interviews during ET evenings, at 717-932-1783.
Ted A. Nichols II
Campaign Manager - PlutoMission.com
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