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The 10-member panel of space experts led by retired aerospace executive Norman Augustine suggested
extending U.S. participation in the $100 billion space station for five years, extending budgeting for the
retiring shuttle fleet by six months, delaying plans for a 2020 return to the moon and extending the timeline
for the next generation of manned spacecraft by two years at least until 2017.
But the experts warned in their 12-page preliminary report to Obama on Tuesday that “meaningful human
exploration” would be possible only under “a less constrained budget ramping (up) to approximately $3
billion per year” in additional spending by 2014. Former astronaut Sally Ride, a member of the committee,
forecast $27.1 billion in additional funds would be needed over the next decade — a 27 percent increase over
the $99.1 billion currently planned.
Even before Obama publicly reacts to Augustine's report to map the next steps in the nation's manned space
exploration, members of Congress are scrambling.
“The immediate challenge goes beyond money to just getting NASA on the radar screen when everyone is
focused on health care reform,” said a key congressional staffer involved in NASA issues.
NASA supporters initially are targeting the Democratic leadership of appropriations subcommittees in the
House and Senate with jurisdiction over NASA. Space advocates have an ally in Sen. Barbara Mikulski, DMd., chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee panel that handles space agency spending.
But in the House, pro-NASA lawmakers expect a fight with Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-W.Va., chairman of
the House Appropriations Committee panel that cut next year's NASA spending nearly $500 million
below what Obama requested. Lawmakers are looking for a House-Senate conference committee to restore
the funds that Mollohan cut before the Augustine panel completed its work. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics NASA Funding – Triggers Debate – Public
Americans are evenly divided over funding space exploration.
Rasmussen Reports, 10/5/10
(Biggest public opinion poll conductor in the United States, “52% Say Space Shuttle Program Has Been Worth The
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When it comes to cutting back on space exploration, Americans are evenly divided. Forty-one percent
(41%) believe the United States should cut back on space exploration , down nine points from January,
but an equal number (41%) disagree. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011
Politics NASA Funding – Unpopular – GOP (1/3)
GOP leaders are against NASA
Perna, International Business Times 6/14/11
(Gabriel - Editor/Reporter at International Business Times, Gingrich Rips NASA, Lexis) AC
In a debate of possible Republican candidates for presidency, former Speaker of the...
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