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NASA's Budget Realities

NASA's budget is .7 of 1% of the Federal Budget. Divided equally among the US population of 292 million-plus people, it costs just $1.06 per person, per week. That's the same as a double cheeseburger with tax.

NASA's budget will only increase a modest 5% during the next three years, with smaller increases after that. Shifts within existing programs will pay for the new Vision.

The Vision will work on a "Go As You Pay" basis, with a reasonable amount of NASA's budget spent each year on Exploration and Discovery.
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SOURCE: Brochure by Coalition for Space Exploration.


The Shuttle Atlantis, on May 16, 2010, against the face of the sun, 50 minutes before docking with the space station.

 

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 Discovery's Final Launch Seen By
Air Passengers
 

 


 

  Private Space Contractors Bid to Keep Shuttle Flying
After the Space Shuttle Program completes its final flight this year, United Space Alliance (USA) -- the Boeing-Lockheed-Martin joint venture presently charged with shuttle operations -- hopes to keep the old birds flying commercially. ~TechWorldNews   ~Universe Today

 


 

Amateur Photo of Rarely Seen "Air Cone"
The "vapor cone" shown here was shot at the Miramar air show in San Diego by Steve Skinner. It looks like the passage into a new dimension. ~ Yahoo! News

 


 

STS-135 / Atlantis mission patch unveiled

CollectSPACE has unveiled the design of the 135th and final shuttle mission, an Atlantis flight scheduled for this summer assuming funding is available. The STS-135 patch represents the space shuttle embarking on its mission to resupply the International Space Station. ~ CollectSPACE

 


 

KSC facilities for rent after the shuttle retires
The shuttle launch pads, hangers, high bays, mobile launcher platforms, firing rooms, runway and other assets all could be offered to commercial users on a full- or part-time basis.
~ FloridaToday.com

 


Space Tourism to ISS Set to Resume
[STN] - Space Adventures reports it has struck a deal with the Russian Federal Space Agency and Rocket Space Corporation Energia to restore commercial flights to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz spacecraft. ~ Space-Travel.com

 


 

The International Space University provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. It develops future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment. ISU also serves as a neutral international forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas on challenging issues related to space and space applications.


Go to the Moon Without Leaving Earth!
More than 37 years after humans last walked on the moon, planetary scientists are inviting members of the public to return to the lunar surface as "virtual astronauts" to help answer important scientific questions.

No spacesuit or rocket ship is required - all visitors need to do is go to
www.moonzoo.org and be among the first to see the lunar surface in unprecedented detail.  MoonToday.net

Hatch closed! 18-month Mars500 mission has begun!

Mars500, the first full-length simulated Mission to Mars
, started Thursday, June 3,  in Moscow at 13:49 local time (11:49 CET), when a six-man crew entered their 'spacecraft' and the hatch was closed. The experiment will end in November 2011.  ~ MarsToday.com


Space News blogger Joan Johnson-Freese blogs about President Obama's new National Space Policy. It's a frank review of a controversial new policy position and the public's desire to see a continued strong presence in space exploration. "Americans like and want a human space exploration program, they just see it as more expendable than other government programs." Read more...

 

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Canadian Space Agency
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CBS News Sci-Tech
Commercial Space Markets
CNN Space
cyberSPACE News
Earth Science News
ESA-European Space Agency
ESA-Europe's Spaceport @ Kourou
Finger SpaceNews
Florida Today 
Fox News: The Week in Space
(Bill) Harwood's Space Space
Houston Chronicle Space Fora
In Orbit
Innovation magazine
(Aerospace Technology)

In Space Today
Jonathan's Space Report
MSNBC: Space News
Mysteries of Deep Space
NASA News
NASA Science News
NASA 360 TV
NASA Today
NASA Watch
Sam's Space Site
Science Matters: Space News
Sci.Space.News
Sci.Space.Policy
Space Access
Space Adventures 
Space & Communications
SpaceCast
Space Central
Space Coast Rumor Mill
Space Future
Space News Online
Space Online
SpaceRef.com
SpaceRef Directory 
Space Report, The
Space Transportation Assn
SpaceX News
Yahoo Commercial Space Place
Yahoo Daily Space News
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NASA's New Direction: FAQ

Confusion abounds on President Barack Obama's new plan for NASA. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers: SPACENEWS.com

 

NASA TODAY

"Why should anyone care about space exploration?"
Unemployment? 
Our space programs are an integral part of our aerospace and defense industry that employs 819,000 workers and indirectly supports 30,000 suppliers and two million middle-class jobs across all 50 states. 


Manufacturing and trade? 
Aerospace companies export 40 percent of their total output, and routinely post the nation’s largest manufacturing trade surplus, which was over $56 billion in 2009. National security concerns require that most of these jobs must remain on American soil.

Healthcare?
Space even has a role to play in whether your eggs are safe to eat. Research on the International Space Station is resulting in breakthroughs that could soon lead to salmonella vaccines.

~ US Congressman John Culberson
"The Hill: Space Exploration Remains Vital Issue Given Country’s Economic Woes"
September 16, 2010


 

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