Thursday, January 28, 2010
Overall NASA funding will increase, not be flat as previously reported. An increase of $5.9B over five years (if approved by Congress) will fund an extended US presence on the space station and increase funding for private contractors to develop Earth-to-LEO human transportation. NASA's Earth science program will also be a winner in the overall agency budget as the Administration seeks to prioritize environmental studies. Plans for human flight beyond LEO are still, as earlier leaks indicated, canceled, or at least put in deep freeze for the next five years.