Jul 22, 2009 | 8
The U.S. space program is at a crossroads, with NASA's defining programs for human spaceflight being phased out (the space shuttle) or nearing completion (the International Space Station).
What comes next is an open question: The Obama administration has convened an independent panel to review NASA's plans for manned spaceflight, and until that committee delivers its findings next month, it remains unclear what targets (the moon? Mars? a nearby asteroid?) the U.S. will set or what hardware it will use to get there.
Jun 26, 2009
The budgetary committee of the U.S. Senate yesterday approved a bill that would give NASA all the money President Obama requested for the agency for fiscal year 2010, undoing a proposed House cut of roughly half a billion dollars.
The House bill slashed funds from the space agency's programs for human exploration, with the chair of the appropriations subcommittee, West Virginia Democrat Alan Mollohan, calling it "a pause, a time-out" while a White House–convened panel chaired by former aerospace executive Norman Augustine reviews NASA's human spaceflight program.
Jun 5, 2009 | 7
NASA's plans to send humans back to the moon and even beyond, already under scrutiny as part of a White House–mandated review, are facing the prospect of diminished funding as well.
The House subcommittee responsible for science agency budgets has pared back in its appropriations bill the funds that President Barack Obama requested for NASA for fiscal year 2010. According to the Orlando Sentinel, "Most of the cuts were aimed at NASA's human spaceflight program." Obama requested nearly $4 billion for the agency's exploration division, but the House panel recommended trimming that to about $3.3 billion, which is $212 million less than the division's allocation this year, the newspaper reports.
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