Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bush Signs Law Allowing Extra Shuttle Flight

... and thus, giving the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer a chance to get to the ISS and be installed.

The measure authorizes $20.2 billion for next year's NASA budget, including $1 billion specifically for work to help accelerate development of the Constellation program slated to replace the shuttles. The measure also gives NASA the green light to add an extra flight to the shuttle's current manifest to deliver a physics project, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, to the International Space Station.

Unfortunately, it doesn't allocate any money to it. So NASA will have to re-prioritize its program to include the launch for the AMS.


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