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February 02, 2003
DEDICATED TO SHUTTLE PROGRAM?
by Andrew DIMN at ByteBack
Bush made it clear in his short speech yesterday that the space Shuttle program will not end or be curtailed under his watch. In an analysis of mostly unopinionated and some opinionated Web sources conducted today, there is no evidence to the contrary.
In 2001 Bush proposed an increase in the NASA budget to $14.5 billion. In light of inflation, some viewed that as a cut. The NASA budgets during the Clinton years were reduced seven of eight years.
What is apparent is a focus on cutting the International Space Program as much as possible and pushing to reduce overall funds in the future. The space station has seen massive cost overruns in recent years. One of those cuts was to reduce the number of astronauts possible aboard the space station from seven to three.
That is demonstrated by the move to promote Sean O' Keefe to NASA Administrator. Previously as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, he was Bush's No. 2 federal budget advisor.
It is unclear whether any of this has anything to do with the Feb. 1 Columbia accident.
Other related links here (SPaceRef.com), here (SPaceREf.com), here (CNN 4/2001), here GlobalSecurity.org
and here (WIRED).