Saturday, December 16, 2006

2007 funding

NASA Watch reports that with the change in parties in the House and Senate, there is a possibility that NASA funding will remain flat in 2007. Since Centennial Challenges were not funded in 2006, they still would not be funded in 2007. There is speculation NASA would be allowed some degree of freedom to shift money from one account to another, but the Shuttle, ISS, and new "NASA space truck government business" need a big increase in money so Centennial Challenges might not be exactly in the front of the line. Total NASA funding would remain flat, but that would be alleviated to a large degree by elimination of earmarks. I'm skeptical about this provision actually happening ... we will see. A lot is in flux right now.