Space Exploration: Overview of President Bush's 'Vision for Space Exploration,' and Key Issues for Congress [Updated December 10, 2004]   [open pdf - 42KB]

"On January 14, 2004, President George W. Bush announced new goals for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), directing the agency to focus on returning humans to the Moon by 2020, and eventually sending them to Mars and 'worlds beyond.' Under this 'Vision for Space Exploration,' the space shuttle would be retired in 2010, and the United States would end its involvement in the International Space Station by FY2017. NASA's FY2005 budget request showed that $12.6 billion would be 'added' for FY2005-2009 to begin achieving the new goals, but only $1 billion is new money; the remainder is re directed from other NASA programs. A cost estimate for the entire program was not provided. The President invited other countries to join. In the FY2005 VA-HUD-IA appropriations bill, part of the Consolidated Appropriations bill (P.L. 108-447), Congress provided NASA with broad reprogramming authority to shift funds among its various programs. NASA must notify Congress on how it plans to spend its FY2005 funding. How much NASA allocates to Vision-related activities will not be known until that notification is submitted."

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