Posted by: realtormarkpalace | October 1, 2010

U.S. Congress passes $19 billion NASA bill, authorizes additional shuttle mission


WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – The U.S. Congress on Thursday passed a $19 billion bill authorizing NASA to launch an additional shuttle mission as well as to develop a heavy-lift vehicle, despite 1,200 shuttle worker layoffs that are expected on Friday, CNN reported.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the NASA Re-authorization Act which now awaits Senate approval, which will give NASA the authority to move forward with President Barack Obama’s strategy for the space agency, which also includes encouraging commercial development of space transportation systems.

“We want to thank Congress for NASA’s future,” Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy administrator, said. “It puts NASA programs on a more sustainable future.”

The bill passed both houses of Congress and President Obama will likely sign it, but the exact amount of funding the agency will receive will be decided by congressional appropriations, but not until the November elections.

The bill does authorize an additional shuttle launch, extending the expected retirement date of the shuttle program from February 211 until June 2011. The NASA administrator said that an additional shuttle mission could help stock additional supplies on the international space station. Additionally, the bill extended the space station’s life five additional years, until 2020.

It’s expected that as the shuttle program that is coming to an end, 9,000 shuttle workers would lose their jobs. The NASA deputy administrator said that she didn’t believe that the bill would affect planned layoffs, especially not the ones planned for Friday.

Over 1,200 shuttle workers are to be laid off on Friday, and Thursday was the last day for the employees to report to their work stations. They were sent home on their last day to receive final paperwork. A number of the departing works have worked on the program since its beginning.

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  1. amazingly GREAT news!

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