A Snapshot of NASA Today

Layoffs Continue as NASA Slows Moon Program Spending, Space.com

"Spending on Constellation, which includes development of the Ares I rocket and Orion crew capsule, is expected to decline as much as 25 percent for the two months ahead, according to NASA spokesman Michael Braukus. In an Oct. 1 e-mail Braukus said NASA plans to immediately reduce its Constellation spending from an average rate of $282 million per month down to $212 million per month. If Congress fails to enact a 2011 budget when it returns in November and instead extends the continuing resolution beyond Dec. 3, "that amount will go lower," Braukus said."

NASA Glenn upbeat on replacement bill, Crain's Cleveland Business

"About half of Ohio's congressional delegation opposed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, a bill expected to replace the Bush-era Constellation program with a space exploration plan that pays private companies to develop rockets for NASA and puts more emphasis on long-term technology development. A few members of the delegation even circulated letters saying the bill would be bad for NASA Glenn; so did the Greater Cleveland Partnership."

Shuttle Launch Pad Towers Coming Down, Aviation Week

"Pad 39B was modified for the test flight of Constellation's Ares 1-X booster last year, but many shuttle-unique systems were left intact, including its rotating and fixed service structures. Over the next nine months, the steel towers will be cut apart, removed in pieces and hauled away to be recycled, leaving the pad with a concrete surface, the water sound-suppression system and three 594-ft. lightning masts that were installed as part of the Constellation program."

Jobs after space shuttle take top priority at public forum at Brevard Community College, Channel 13

"While leaders were discussing the wind-down of the shuttle program and how to preserve jobs, President Barack Obama prepared to sign the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. A large chunk of the budget funds commercial spaceflight - a new concept at Kennedy Space Center. The fourth annual space forum took place Monday morning at the Florida Solar Energy Center on the Brevard Community College Campus in Cocoa."

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