What budget means to NASA [updated]
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SciGuy blogger Eric Berger reports it's back to the drawing board for NASA if President Obama's budget proposal for 2011 goes through.
The budget proposal, which kills the Constellation program, was finally released Monday morning, ending months of speculation and suspense in Houston and especially around Clear Lake.
Under the next-day newspaper headline "JSC still vital, NASA says," the Houston Chronicle reported a proposed expansion of space station operations, biomedical research and robotic tools. The Chronicle also notes, however:
NASA accounts for nearly 16,800 direct federal jobs and serves as the engine for another 3,100 civilian jobs that together pump more than $2.5 billion in payroll into the regional economy, according to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.
In an email to the partnership's members, BAHEP President Bob Mitchell predicted grave repercussions if the budget comes to pass:
"I feel very strongly, should this happen, the NASA that we know today will be non-existent in the future. While it is always good to review and make changes from time to time, I do not believe a change this drastic should occur. The last time a change of this magnitude was made with NASA was when President Nixon canceled the Apollo program. I do not need to remind any of us how long it to took to recover from that change.
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