NASA budget cuts are coming

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Jan 17, 2007

I've been talking about this for months, as have space advocates, but it's still good to see that the MSM (main stream media) are talking about the looming NASA budget cuts. This article does not paint a pretty picture, and I'm happy -- well, not happy, but satisfied -- to see this part:

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, who has long served on the House Science Committee, also is concerned about NASA's science programs. She is urging Griffin to trim budgets across the board rather than abandon some programs to pay for others.

"NASA only has to survive until October," she said. "We're having these problems across the government, but the minute we panic at NASA and begin to start shifting major funds, I think that is a disaster waiting to happen.

"It's unfair to those of us who believe in basic research and human space flight, and that happens to be the bulk of the Science Committee," she added. "I don't think they'd take kindly to a major cut in science."

The continuing resolution for funding the government is hitting all agencies across the board-- NASA is not being singled out, nor is science. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Congress ignoring the science angle... yet there they are, making a special note of it. I may yet have hope.

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