WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) — NASA officials say they have issued revised work assignments for the space agency’s 10 centers in support of the president’s 2011 budget request.
Space agency Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said the new programs, pending congressional approval, create new offices that include activities in exploration technology and development, heavy lift rockets and rocket propulsion technology, exploration precursor robotic missions, human research and commercial spaceflight opportunities.
“In addition, the new budget has increases for NASA’s science and aeronautics directorates that will improve the agency’s Earth observation capabilities and help create a next generation air transportation system that is safe, efficient and friendlier to the environment,” officials said in a statement.
“The work assignments expand on the strengths of NASA’s 10 centers, while allowing the agency to safely fly out the space shuttle manifest and establish a firm foothold in space by extending the International Space Station, likely to 2020 or beyond.”
Bolden said the work assignments represent a bold new approach to exploring space that will enable NASA to get beyond low-Earth orbit and create robust near-Earth space flight capabilities.
More information on the NASA work assignments is available at http://www.nasa.gov/budget.
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