posted on Jan, 31 2004 @ 05:23 AM
U.S. President George W. Bush is requesting $16.2 billion for NASA in 2005, including $1.09 billion designated for the new organization being created
to carry out the presidentís new vision for space exploration, according to NASA budget documents obtained by Space News.
The money in the budget of the new exploration enterprise, as it is known at NASA, is not for all new programs, but includes funding for existing
programs that will now fall under the new exploration bureaucracy. It includes $483 million for Project Prometheus, the nuclear power and propulsion
program started in 2003 and $428 million for Project Constellation, the new name for the proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). While the CEV is a
new program, it replaces a similar effort known as the Orbital Space Plane...