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From: Brussels, Belgium
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posted 12-07-2004 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like the US senate approved US $ 15.6 billion for 2005 ... an extra $ 500 million for shuttle Ops and extra $ 300 million for a Hubble servicing mission ... but still far away from the budget requested for a return to the Moon & Mars ...


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From: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
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posted 12-07-2004 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No-one should be surprised that the funding for a manned program hasn't been put in place yet... My guess is they'd like to have a few ideas on the drawing board before they have Congress award hundreds of billions of $'s to NASA.


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From: Huntsville, AL, USA
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posted 12-07-2004 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually, the $16.2 billion which Congress approved for NASA's FY05 budget does include the funding requested for the Vision for Space Exploration. (With some exceptions, such as a decreased allotment for the planned robotic lunar orbiter mission).
The Vision does not require the investment of "hundreds of billions" of dollars in a single budget year, but rather relatively slight increases over current funding levels on a period of several years.
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