Budget: May 2005 Archives

Funding for Moon, Mars Projects Promised, AP

"NASA's new administrator and Texas Republican Rep. Tom DeLay said Tuesday the space agency will have the necessary funding to implement President Bush's vision to send astronauts back to the moon and to Mars."

Highlights of the FY06 Science, Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

"National Aeronautics and Space Administration is funded at $16.5 billion, $275 million above FY05 and $15 million above the request. Funds the Presidents vision for space exploration at $3.1 billion; restores the aeronautics research program to the enacted level of $906 million, and provides $40 million over the request to partially restore NASAs science programs. Provides full request for the Space Shuttle program. In coordination with the House Science Committee, language is included directing the President to develop a national aeronautics policy."

Griffin Does Approps

AIP FYI#69: New NASA Administrator Appears Before Senate Appropriators

" Griffin told the senators that the concerns of the science community had been heard, and NASA was reexamining its portfolio. Regarding science spending generally, Griffin declared that NASA "would not cut science to fund manned space flight," and that needed money would have to come from within the manned space flight program."

Prepared Statement of Michael Griffin before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science

"Identifying offsets needed to fund these items has created some difficult choices for the Agency. Given a choice, I generally favor eliminating lower-priority programs rather than reducing all programs in the face of budget difficulties, because this allows for the more efficient execution of the programs which remain. Thus, we must set clear priorities to remain within the budget which has been allocated."

- Letter to Sen. Shelby regarding Operating Plan update (PDF)
- FY 2005 Operating Plan Update (PDF)

New NASA Boss Pushes to Replace Shuttle, AP

"Additional money could be saved by putting off research at the international space station _ such as experiments geared toward long-term moon stays or Mars habitation _ and possibly eliminating the handful of shuttle flights needed to fly that equipment, Griffin said. Eighteen shuttle missions are currently on the books to finish building the space station, along with 10 supply runs for a grand total of 28."

More Financing for Shuttle and Hubble as Space Agency Revises Its Budget, NY Times

"NASA cannot afford everything that's on its plate today," Dr. Griffin said at a hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. "We cannot afford to do everything at once."

Editor's note: That is why the VSE, as originally presented, spread things out such that you could continue with all of NASA's portfolio - instead of the wholesale gutting of things which seems to be where is Griffin now headed.

Earth Science Cuts

Fear and rambling at NASA, editorial, Nature (subscription)

"Only a confused space agency would consider shutting down the Voyager spacecraft as they approach the uncharted edge of the Solar System. Or cutting the basic research grants that provide the scientific basis for everything it does. Or cancelling satellites that make critical measurements of global climate change. Last week a US National Academy of Sciences panel said that enough is enough, and called on NASA to reinstate some of its cancelled Earth-science projects."

... and more, opinion, Daily Press

"Aeronautics isn't the only NASA program feeling the squeeze from the manned space program and shifting agency priorities. At an agency where most eyes are looking into space, those that look back at Earth are finding themselves vulnerable."

American Astronomical Society Calls Cuts to NASA Science Funding a Threat to US Pre-eminence in Space

"NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) budget for FY 2005 has come under intense pressure with required reductions of several hundred million dollars arising from costs of returning the shuttle fleet to flight, unplanned expenses associated with the Hubble Space Telescope, and a record level of unfunded congressional earmarks. As a result, NASA has announced a series of terminations of new mission opportunities, as well as cutbacks in key R&A programs for the coming year."



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