NASA Moon Mission Scrubbed

The full moon partly covered by clouds in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Dec. 31 2009. The full moon generally occurs once in a calendar month. But there are two moons this December, and the second one befalls on Thursday -- the day people will bid farewell to the first decade of the century. The name, however, should not be mistaken for its colour. The moon doesn't turn blue, Its name only connotes the rarity of the event. A second full moon in a month is uncommon and thus regarded as the Blue Moon. The first Full Moon of the month occurred on Dec. 2. Also, there will be a partial lunar eclipse on Thursday night. The moon will be partially obscured by the earth's shadow.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim) AP Photo/Sayyid Azim

President Barack Obama has killed NASA's $100 billion plans to return astronauts to the moon.

The move came on the seventh anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy that triggered the return to the moon plan.

The White House said the program was too much like the 1960s Apollo mission and would require large budget increases just to get astronauts back on the moon by 2030.

In the budget proposal released Monday, the White House instead promised a new approach with no details. Obama also proposed $6 billion over five years to encourage companies to build private spaceships that NASA could rent.

President George W. Bush proposed the moon mission after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster. NASA has already spent $9.1 billion on the program.
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