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2008-06-24 02:29:15

By Robert Block, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jun. 23--NASA administrator Mike Griffin on Monday played up NASA's hopes to find more jobs for Kennedy Space Center once the shuttle retires in 2010, saying that he thought there would only be 3,000-4,000 job losses and not 6,000 to 7,000 as NASA had earlier forecast. He said he did not think that estimate released earlier this year "represents the complete picture". "Our best guess has been 3,000 to 4,000, not 6,000 to 7,000," Griffin said....

2008-06-19 12:00:06

By Mark K. Matthews, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jun. 19--WASHINGTON Sending what supporters called a "strong message" to the next president, the U.S. House agreed 409-15 on Wednesday that NASA should get more money to continue its mission of returning American astronauts to the moon by 2020. The directive was included in a broad NASA bill that outlines the agency's future. It authorizes $20.2 billion in 2009 funding, encourages climate research and requires an extra space-shuttle...

2008-06-18 15:00:06

To: SCIENCE EDITORS Contact: Jason S. Sharp, NASA Headquarters, Washington, +1-202- 358-5213, jason.s.sharp@nasa.gov WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Moon buggies, stardust and space food are a few of the things visitors will learn about at the "NASA: 50 Years and Beyond" program during this summer's Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The program will showcase the role men and women of NASA have played in broadening the horizons of American science and culture, and the role...

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2008-03-16 09:00:00

NASA is hobbled by a serious lack of federal funds, upcoming layoffs and a debate on whether to shoot for the moon or Mars Four years ago, in the aftermath of the shuttle Columbia disaster, President Bush triumphantly unveiled a sweeping plan to return American astronauts to the moon by 2020 and eventually to more distant destinations where no human has explored before. But as Bush's term draws to an end, NASA faces one of the greatest challenges in its 50-year history. As it prepares to...

2006-07-13 16:25:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA would get an additional $1 billion in funds to help cover the costs of returning the space shuttle to flight under a bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The $51.2 billion fiscal 2007 spending bill for space, science, law enforcement and other federal programs likely will be debated by the full Senate sometime this summer. Space shuttle missions were suspended in February, 2003, immediately after the shuttle Columbia...

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2006-05-04 09:45:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA lacks the money to support vigorous science research while building the international space station and returning astronauts to the moon, according to a report released Thursday by the National Research Council. The end result, the scientists warned, will be further erosion of the nation's leadership in scientific research. "NASA is being asked to accomplish too much with too little," said the document, prepared by a panel of scientists at the request of...

2006-04-27 16:59:31

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - They may be light years away from fulfilling their dream, but Mexican lawmakers are preparing to launch a national space agency they hope could one day stand tall beside the United States' NASA. Mexico's lower house passed a law on Wednesday, which if approved by the upper chamber, would create a space agency to coordinate research and work with universities and the private sector to launch communication and weather satellites. With an initial budget proposal...

2006-04-27 16:55:00

MEXICO CITY -- They may be light years away from fulfilling their dream, but Mexican lawmakers are preparing to launch a national space agency they hope could one day stand tall beside the United States' NASA. Mexico's lower house passed a law on Wednesday, which if approved by the upper chamber, would create a space agency to coordinate research and work with universities and the private sector to launch communication and weather satellites. With an initial budget proposal of less than $2...

2006-03-27 18:07:43

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Funding for a asteroid survey mission that had been canceled due to budget concerns has been restored, NASA said on Monday. To the astonishment of the project's science team, the robotic asteroid probe, known as Dawn, was axed on March 2 despite being cleared by an independent review team investigating cost overruns triggered by technical problems. Dawn was being designed to explore the two largest known asteroids in the primary...

2006-03-02 15:12:10

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration's focus on big, expensive space missions is starving budgets for some of NASA's most productive small-scale science programs, astronomers told the U.S. Congress on Thursday. "The 2007 budget is tilted to an unhealthy extent to large missions," said Joseph Taylor, who helped craft a U.S. 10-year survey for astrophysics. Taylor and others who help chart the course of U.S. space science told the U.S. House of...


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