"The Presidents FY 2010 budget request for NASA supports the Administrations commitment to deploy a global climate change research and monitoring system, funds a robust program of space exploration involving humans and robots with a goal to return Americans to the Moon by 2020 and explore other destinations, and funds the safe flight of the Shuttle to complete assembly of the ISS through its retirement, planned for the end of 2010. The FY 2010 budget request funds continued use of the ISS to enable the Agency to develop, test, and validate critical exploration technologies and processes and, in coordination with our international partners, to make the ISS available support other government entities, commercial industry and academic institutions to conduct unique research in the microgravity environment of space. It will also stimulate private sector development and demonstration of vehicles that may support NASAs cargo and crew requirements. And it renews NASAs commitment to aeronautics research to address fundamental aeronautics, aviation safety, air traffic management, and mitigating the impact of aviation on the environment. NASAs diverse portfolio of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational activities is also aligned with the Administrations goal of improving American innovation and global competitiveness."
Editor's Update: Here is the audio of today's hearing: NASAs Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Request (MP3).