...does this belong here, or in like "General Discussion" or "earth" or "Astronomy" or something? Anyway: Via Open Left, Barack Obama released his plan for space policy this week and I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on it. I'm not really sure how to read these things and although it sounds great as written, I don't know how seriously to take what's written here-- they seem to be taking on a LOT of stuff here, and I don't know, can they fund all of this? If they can't fund it all what gets priority? Along those lines it seems like most of the document is focusing on exploration and manned space activities, and I can't tell whether this means anything-- will we see more of the process we've seen under Bush, where it seems like manned space has pushed out NASA's astronomy/robotics stuff? Or can we can somehow hope that both will get funded? I do like the bit near the beginning about the National Aeronautics and Space Council. It seems from my [distant] perspective like a big problem with NASA in recent years has been a lack of kind of an overriding vision or anyone looking over everything to make sure the progress that was planned is being achieved. Anyway any opinions?