Budgeting NASA

As promised, President Bush this morning sent his FYI 2006 budget proposal to Congress.

Good news and bad news. (What else?) Tucked into the $2.5 trillion budget blueprint... the request
for NASA totals $16.45 billion, a 2.4 percent increase over 2005, but approximately $500 million less than expected.

And, as
feared by Hubble lovers around the world, the NASA request includes no funding for a servicing mission to fix the beloved, aging space telescope which is expected to go dark by 2008.

Other highlights include trimming of Project Constellation (Crew Exploration Vehicle), and axing the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIM) mission planned to launch 2015. (Here's a quick overview of the NASA budget request by

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