Obama signs Nasa up to new future during the 2nd great depression

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Obama signs Nasa up to new future during the 2nd great depression

The US space agency (Nasa) has been given a new direction, one that will seek to put astronauts in orbit using privately-run launch services.

The change comes into effect with the signing by President Barack Obama of the Nasa Authorization Act 2010.

The legislation, passed by Congress last week, mandates the agency to fly the space station until 2020 and to launch one extra shuttle next year.

It also instructs Nasa to start work on a rocket for deep-space exploration.

The president’s signature on the act brings to an end eight months of fractious debate on Capitol Hill about the future course of the agency…

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