Senate adds $1 billion to NASA budget

The Senate has added $1 billion to NASA's budget as both Democrats and Republicans voted to further break President Bush's budget for domestic programs. The funding was added to a $56 billion measure funding science programs and the departments of Commerce and Justice for the fiscal year that began Monday. The NASA funding was sponsored chiefly by Democrat Barbara Mikulski, who said that "The agency was never fully reimbursed and was forced to make dramatic cuts to other programs." The bill already contained $17.5 billion for NASA, a 7% increase over 2007 funding.

The money would replenish NASA accounts tapped to make improvements to the space shuttle program in the wake of the crash of the Columbia shuttle. The space agency has tapped non-shuttle accounts such as science and other space exploration programs for about $2.7 billion for safety upgrades and other costs identified after the 2003 disaster.

News source: Mercury News

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Spend spend spend... the federal deficit is only at a measly 9.6 trillion U.S. dollars... we got plenty of credit left.

too bad it wasn't taken directly from military budgets :(

still, i'm glad to see the money go towards scientific endeavors beneficial to everyone.

thornz0 said,
too bad it wasn't taken directly from military budgets :(

still, i'm glad to see the money go towards scientific endeavors beneficial to everyone.

Choosing not to support the war is one thing, choosing not to support the military with adequate funding is another. Give them all the funds they need to do their job and to save lifes. I don't like this mindset of taking funds from the military to save a gov't dime.

Budious said,

Choosing not to support the war is one thing, choosing not to support the military with adequate funding is another. Give them all the funds they need to do their job and to save lifes. I don't like this mindset of taking funds from the military to save a gov't dime.

You see the problem is most people have a fake sense of security here in the US and that nothing bad can (or really will) happen. The thoughts change when things like 9/11 happen, but people go right back into the previous mindset about 2 or 3 years later.

If an attack were more massive and large scale though, you wouldn't see people posting such ignorant comments ...

The future looks like it's in debt.
Oh wait, that's the present. So far as I'm concerned, we've seen Mars over and over and it still looks nothing like the planet we call home, Earth. The planet we should be focusing on at the moment. We can start by fixing the debt before we start throwing money.

billyea said,
The future looks like it's in debt.
Oh wait, that's the present. So far as I'm concerned, we've seen Mars over and over and it still looks nothing like the planet we call home, Earth. The planet we should be focusing on at the moment. We can start by fixing the debt before we start throwing money.

A lot of the technologies invented for long term space travel and living are implemented on Earth. Example being that waste recycling systems that convert into water are being developed cheaply not only for space travel but also for poor villages in underdeveloped countries.

i agree with the first guy, and nasa, being the only real major space agency (only people with a reusable launch vehicle) needs the funding to make things happen.

Im for satellites to map the universe and probes to other planets but NASA has done pretty much all it can that's useful, this money would be better spent on healthcare and education.

I agree with you there. While many inventions have come out of NASA, I think we need to work on global poverty, debt, health care, education, and many other things before worrying about landing a probe on a comet or something.

It's just a shame we waste so much time fighting each other over stupid religious beliefs, greed, and hate, instead of working together to provide a more peaceful earth. Ah well...

Dakkaroth said,
I agree with you there. While many inventions have come out of NASA, I think we need to work on global poverty, debt, health care, education, and many other things before worrying about landing a probe on a comet or something.

It's just a shame we waste so much time fighting each other over stupid religious beliefs, greed, and hate, instead of working together to provide a more peaceful earth. Ah well...


People don't want to be peaceful, they want to be in control, hence the fighting.

Also, I think that there are a lot of discoveries to be made which wouldn't have been made and could benefit those less fortunate than anyone typing posting here.

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