NASA today announced its budget request for fiscal year 2012. The Planetary Society issued the following statement on it:
“Where's the innovation?” asked Bill Nye, Executive Director of the Planetary Society. “How can NASA innovate when Congress insists on building a new heavy lift rocket based on old designs? Science has been flat-lined. Planetary Science has been cut. Earth science missions have been delayed – again.
“Missions to the outer planets won't get off the ground when they're only 'studies.' Mr. Bolden talked about 'hard choices,' but what can he do when NASA has not been given a real budget for this fiscal year? The hard choices are yet to be made."