"The Vision for Space Exploration remains an Administration priority even in this challenging budget environment." - NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe

NASA's budget for exploration would grow substantially, while its science funding would drop slightly, in the FY 2006 budget request released by the White House on Monday. The total NASA budget would climb 2.4 percent, from $16.070 billion in FY 2005 to $16.456 billion. Funding would be provided to develop a robotic mission to deorbit the Hubble Space Telescope, but no funds are proposed for a servicing mission.

11 Feb 2005

"The Hubble Space Telescope is the most productive telescope since Galileo's." - Robert Kirshner, President of the American Astronomical Society

The recommendation that NASA plan for a manned space shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope has now received support from the American Astronomical Society (AAS). AAS is one of the ten Member Societies of the American Institute of Physics.

20 Jan 2005

NASA is developing the first of three rockets for the human exploration of space beyond low-earth orbit.  The first flight of a Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is scheduled for December 2017.  The envisioned funding profile may be $400 million short of what is needed to meet what GAO calls a “compressed” and “aggressive” schedule.

5 Sep 2014

A September 28 House Science Committee oversight hearing on development of NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) demonstrated that the space agency and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) do not see eye-to-eye on the least risky and most cost-effective way to develop the vehicle. The CEV, now named "Orion," is part of President Bush's Vision for Space Exploration and is intended as a replacement for the space shuttle.

17 Oct 2006

FYI #102 described a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reviewing NASA's James Webb Space Telescope project. Another recent GAO report addressing NASA's plans to "down-select" to a single contractor to develop its shuttle replacement vehicle, the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), is highlighted in this FYI, as is a June hearing exploring NASA's future workforce needs.


14 Aug 2006

During the debate on the FY 2007 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations bill, House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) gave high praise to the FY 2007 Science, State, Justice, and Commerce appropriations bill. This legislation, H.R. 5672, was written by Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Ranking Member Alan Mollohan (D-WV), and their colleagues and subcommittee staff. Boehlert's remarks follow:

1 Aug 2006

During last month's debate on the FY 2007 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations bill, House Members had two opportunities to shift NASA funding. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) offered an amendment to prohibit funding to be used for a manned mission to Mars. That amendment was rejected: 145 yes to 274 no votes. Later, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) offered an amendment to take $477 million in the bill for exploration systems in the Science, Aeronautics and Exploration account and shift it to a community-based policing program. This amendment was defeated 185-236.

28 Jul 2006

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved legislation which would increase NASA FY 2007 funding by 3.1%. This is more than what the House approved in its version of the bill, but $35.0 million less than what the Bush Administration requested.

17 Jul 2006

Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is scheduled to complete its consideration of the FY 2007 Science, State, Justice, and Commerce Appropriations bill which provides funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Under this bill, written by appropriations subcommittee chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Ranking Member Peter Visclosky (D-IN), and their colleagues, NASA would receive $16,709.0 million.

28 Jun 2006

A consistent theme running through this year's congressional hearings on the FY 2007 NASA request is the lack of sufficient funding for the agency's science programs.

12 May 2006


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