Texas Delegation Seeks More Stimulus Money for NASA
The Texas congressional delegation is urging U.S. President Barack Obama to redirect $3 billion in unspent stimulus money to NASA, a cash infusion the group said is needed to support a robust human spaceflight program and save jobs in Texas and around the country.
In an Oct. 5 letter to Obama, both Texas senators and 26 of the stateâ€™s 32 members of the House of Representatives said the human spaceflight program as currently configured and funded cannot support meaningful human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. The lawmakers noted that an expert panel reached the same conclusion after being tasked in May to review NASAâ€™s human spaceflight program.
The blue-ribbon panel, led by former Lockheed Martin chief Norm Augustine, sent the White House and NASA a summary report Sept. 8 that laid out several alternatives to NASAâ€™s current Moon-focused Constellation program, which the 10-member review group said could not be sustained without an increase in funds beginning in 2011. The panelâ€™s full report is not expected to be released until mid-October, according to NASA officials.
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