100 Economics Question of the Day: An Intermittent Blog: Mars Bitching

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Mars Bitching

New Budget Delays or Cancels Much-Promoted NASA Missions - New York Times

So is this a bittersweet microcosm of the Administration: announce a grand plan, then show no follow-through and hope no one notices?

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom Bozzo said...

Well, I've been saying this for some time, so it's good in a way to see the turnabout in the NYT lede.

I have no idea where they got the $3 billion figure. Not counting proposed FY06 cuts that were undone by Congress, or 2011 cuts for which there was no FY06 baseline with the administration's shorter budget horizon, I added up $4.4 billion in cuts to the three main science lines for the *four* years from FY07-FY10. And I don't recall there being a FY11 bonanza.

The other thing not mentioned in the reporting is that while they're proposing to spend a lot of money to re-invent the Saturn-Apollo program, they're also drastically cutting some of the funding lines for research in anticipation of long-duration missions outside of LEO in general, and Mars in particular.

(Yes, a longer post on the subject chez moi is pending.)

02 March, 2006 11:45  

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