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This article kept going back to this being some secret agreement between Obama and NASA, kept a secret in case Romney won?! Uh, what, why? I understand administrations have different goals, but this felt almost like a campaign piece of "Obama good, Romney bad!" and I for the life of me can't figure out why it matters.

I think the point was simply that they didn't want to announce it just before the election, in case Romney would become president and pull the plug on the whole thing. NASA would look rather bad if they had to call it off again in a month or so (despite the fact that it technically wouldn't be their fault).

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