Congress Passes NASA Funding Bill

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Congress Passes NASA Funding Bill

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. House passed a NASA authorization bill late Wednesday that provides new direction for the space agency after months of fear over aerospace job losses and program uncertainty.

The compromise bill funds the International Space Station through 2020, schedules another space shuttle mission in 2011 and dedicates $1.3 billion over the next three years to spur commercial development of a low-Earth orbit vehicle for astronauts and cargo.

The bill passed by a vote of 304 to 118

NASA will focus research and development on creating a heavy-lift rocket and crew capsule for deep-space missions including Mars.

President Barack Obama will next review the bill. He is expected to sign the legislation.

"This important change in direction will not only help us chart a new path in space, but can help us retool for the industries and jobs of the future that will be vital for long term economic growth," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.

"The men and women who work for NASA and the Johnson Space Center have worked for too long under a cloud of uncertainty as a result of insufficient funds, constantly changing goals and a government that has too often second-guessed the past instead of embracing a clear vision for the future," Congressman Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, said. His district includes the Johnson Space Center.

"This moment would not have been possible without the strong, bipartisan commitment to NASA that exists in the House," Olson said. "I also applaud the efforts and commitment of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in getting an authorization bill through Congress.

Read more in Friday's edition of The Daily News.

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Comments (5)

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

This is good news. 

Sep 30, 2010 11:01 AM
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

Compared to earlier reports on NASA this sound like a step forward to the good.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Sep 30, 2010 11:19 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Great info Kimberly and nice to see one more space shuttle mission in 2011.

Oct 01, 2010 04:20 AM
Jon Wade
The Steamboat Group - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat CO Real Estate

Congrats on being featured Kimberly.  We have a ton of people from Houston come up to Steamboat where I live so we should compare notes sometimes.  Everyone is so nice there.

Oct 01, 2010 04:23 AM
Kevin Heinrich
Heinrich Group - Clear Lake City, TX

Great Post Kimberly! Nasa needs this badly and people don't understand how much we need Nasa!!

Oct 01, 2010 06:29 AM