Budget: February 2009 Archives

Not Closing the Gap

Obama's Budget: Winners and Losers, Washington Post

"NASA: While there's plenty of money alloted to help fund the goal of getting Americans back on the moon by 2020, Obama's budget creates a gap between the current Space Shuttle program, set to expire in April 2010, and the next-generation Constellation program, slated for takeoff in 2015. During the "Shuttle gap" the U.S. will depend on Russia for rides to the International Space Station. Members of the Space community are understandably concerned about the five-year gap. In the words of one NASA observer: "Why would you send the money to Russia to launch our astronauts when you could keep the money and the jobs here?"

Editor's note: Obama's budget does not "create" a gap - rather, it does not close the one that already existed - and has existed since 2004.

Reader note: Were you aware of the online poll run yesterday on the Wash. Post Express: "Do you think the United States is spending too much money on its space program?" The results are here: http://expressnightout.com/pollcenter/index.php?poll_date=2009-02-25

NASA Statement About Budget Overview for FIscal Year 2010

"Acting NASA Administrator Christopher J. Scolese said the following in response to the 2010 fiscal year budget overview for NASA released Feb. 26: "The $18.7 billion budget proposal for 2010 is fiscally responsible and reflects the administration's desire for a robust and innovative agency aligned with the president's goals of advancing our nation's scientific, educational, economic and security interests. "This budget ensures NASA maintains its global leadership in Earth and space research, and it advances global climate change studies, funds a robust program of human and robotic space exploration, allows us to realize the full potential of the International Space Station, advances development of new space transportation systems, and renews our commitment to aeronautics."

NASA FY 2010 Budget Details

"The President's Fiscal Year 2010 Budget provides $18.7 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which, when combined with the $1 billion provided for NASA in the Recovery Act, is more than $2.4 billion above the 2008 level. The Budget funds a program of space-based research to advance our understanding of climate change and its effects, as well as human and robotic space exploration. It also supports the use of the Space Shuttle to complete assembly of the International Space Station."


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