Obama budget: NASA Gets $18.7 Billion
President Barack Obama would give NASA nearly $19 billion in a 2010 budget plan unrolled this morning — a small increase over the $18 billion that the Bush administration had planned for the space agency next year, according to budget documents.
The boost adds to the $1 billion that NASA already has received under Obamaâ€™s stimulus plan. Combined, these two increases represent slightly better days for NASA officials and space enthusiasts, who have complained for years that NASA doesnâ€™t receive the funding it needs.
The Obama plan — billed only as a broad outline — does not go into detail about how the $18.7 billion should be spent, although it broadly backs programs to study climate research and a â€œrobust program of space exploration involving humans and robots.â€
The budget blueprint also dismisses recent calls to extend the shuttle era beyond 2010, a retirement date for the aging spacecraft set by former President Bush. The outline reiterates the 2010 date and only allows for one more flight if it can be â€œcompleted safely before the end of 2010.â€
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