Congress criticizes space science budget


  • Lynn Teo Simarski


NASA's $15 billion budget request continued to draw fire at recent House and Senate hearings, as well as criticism from the General Accounting Office. Discussing space science funding, legislators seemed particularly concerned about how NASA will fund its $11 billion Earth Observing System in coming years while continuing with the rest of its space science agenda.

“NASA is overcommitted relative to likely resources—in short, it is chasing too much program with too few dollars,” GAO's Mark E. Gebicke, director of NASA issues, wrote in a February 19 letter to Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) of the House Budget Committee.