Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Centennial Challenges at Space Politics

While I was on a posting hiatus, Space Politics posted on the NASA budget in part of an series of budget posts. The one I linked includes the following paragraph about Centennial Challenges:

The conference report notes that no money is being provided to NASA’s Centennial Challenges prize program in FY08 to fund additional prizes. “Providing additional funds to a program based on prizes only creates a sizeable amount of unused funds while other aspects of NASA’s mission are being cut or delayed due to a lack of funds,” the report notes. That language is immediately followed by nearly seven pages of earmarks totaling several tens of millions of dollars (which will be dissected in a later post.)