Late Wednesday, Congress approved the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010. The Senate approved the measure earlier this year. The Planetary Society board issues the following statement:
“We are gratified that Congress has now approved the budget increase for NASA, which permits a strong space science and a reinvigorated Earth science program. We also welcome the resumption of NASA’s technology funding. NASA’s human space flight program will improve once it is allowed to focus on exploration rather than transportation. This Authorization Bill is too prescriptive, as it specifies rocket performance and design approaches. Let the contractors do their jobs, instead. We hope the Administration and Congress will address these issues in the very near future.”
About The Planetary Society
With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit www.planetary.org.