Budget: March 2005 Archives

Other Voices: Aviation depends on NASA, opinion, Rep. Jo Ann Davis, Daily Press

"I have suggested to the Science Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics that perhaps aeronautics funding, which is currently included in overall NASA funding, should get a separate section in the budget. This would help protect aeronautics funding from larger NASA visions such as a trip to Mars. Aeronautics funding is a matter of national security, and last time I checked, the planet Mars was not an emerging threat to United States security."

NASA shrinks Ames Research Center, FCW

"NASA officials announced the week of March 7 that they would offer IT workers buyout packages with a federally mandated cap of $25,000. Ames officials told employees that at least 400 civil servants and 400 contractors would be laid off if they do not accept the offers, union officials said."

Consider technology gains before cutting NASA funds, editorial, Decatur Daily

"If anyone questions the benefits of NASA and space experimentation, remind them that devices such as the cellular telephone might not be as advanced or even invented without NASA's need to make things smaller."

Space Biology Advocates Join Forces in Talks with Capitol Hill, ASGSB/AIAA

"The Centrifuge is a unique variable gravity research device: there is simply no way on the ground to determine the long term risks of Lunar and Mars gravity to living systems. In addition, key questions about the use of artificial gravity as a countermeasure to the detrimental effects of long-term diminished gravity as they apply to human explorers cannot be clearly answered without the Centrifuge."

Bush's Vision for Space Means Big Cuts Elsewhere at NASA, Washington Post

"Also on the block is the space station's Centrifuge Accommodation Module, an eight-foot-diameter device under construction for NASA at Ames by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency."

ASGSB Governing Board Visits Capitol Hill in March to Share the ASGSB Message, American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology

"Although the President's FY05 budget request for Human Health and Performance of $423M reflected a slight rise from the FY04 budget, the budget request drops in FY06 to $299M and remains low for FY07 through FY10 ($303M, $320M, $328M, $340M). These projections are inconsistent with the critical role that biology plays in space exploration."

Biologists identify chemicals affecting plant growth in response to gravity, University of California Riverside

"A team of biologists from the University of California, Riverside has used chemical genomics to identify novel compounds that affect the ability of plants to alter their direction of growth in response to gravity, a phenomenon known as gravitropism. The team's chemical genomics approach focuses on the use of small molecules to modify or disrupt the functions of specific genes or proteins. NASA supported the research."

Editor's note: This is the sort of research NASA is most likely going to stop funding. Such research could have applications in the design of advanced life support systems for use in microgravity or in reduced gravity locations such as the Moon and Mars. Word on how NASA will alter its life science research program aboard the ISS so as to align it with the VSE will be announced in April. The fate of the Centrifuge Facility which, in many ways, was the Hubble analog for space biologists in its unprecedented ability to provide a range of simulated G loads on research specimens is likely to be eliminated - or delayed so much as to be effectively cancelled. Stay tuned.

Overhead Issues at LaRC

Center Director Message to NASA LaRC Employees: Cost Efficiencies Critical to Our Competitive Future

"We can either feel victimized by these types of changes or decide to take action to help. I have decided that I can actually do a lot to help. First, I can accept the fact that we need to cut substantial dollars and not complain about the lost services, unless a proposed cut interferes with safety, health, or the delivery of a funded product. Second, I am personally nominating a few items to add to the list, and I hope that you will survey your situation and recommend things to your supervisor as well."

House Science Committee Views and Estimates, House Science Committee

House Science Committee Bi-Partisan 'Views and Estimates' Budget Submission Highlights Inadequacy of Administration's R&D Budget Request

"Today, the Science Committee submitted bipartisan Views and Estimates to the Budget Committee. In the past, the Democrats have written and submitted separate Views and Estimates as a critique. However, the Administration's FY2006 research and development budget request elicited such universal concern that Democrats could comfortably support the Republican-drafted document."

Editor's note: It is rather interesting to note who did NOT sign on to support this (otherwise) bipartisan document: among them: Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chair Chair Ken Calvert (R-CA), House Science Committee Ranking Majority Member Ralph Hall (R-TX), former Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chair Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and No. 2 House Science Committee Ranking Majority Member Lamar Smith (R-TX).

Coalition Supports Vision for Space Exploration's FY2006 Budget

"CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (March 7, 2005) - The Coalition for Space Exploration strongly endorses NASA's FY 2006 budget request of $16.5 billion. The budget is fully aligned with the Vision for Space Exploration and advances the nation's agenda for science and discovery."

Editor's note: Gee, the FY 2006 budget was released more than a month ago. You'd think that a slightly more prompt statement could have been issued by a coalition dedicated to the furtherance of the President's space policy initiatives.



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