Contrary to what you may think, NASA is to receive a budget increase of some six billion dollars (although much of it may be to adjust for inflation) over the next couple years, thanks to the Obama administration.
Between the first launch on April 12, 1981, and the final landing on July 21, 2011, NASA's space shuttle fleet --Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour -- flew 135 missions, helped construct the International Space … Now I would like to direct your attention to the media and their reports regarding the end of the Space Shuttle Program. NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. George W.Bush signed all the executive orders ending th Space Shuttle program after the Rogers Commission report. I'm actually glad the shuttle program is ending. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. He tells NBC News when the US has already invested more than $100 billion on the International Space Station, ending the shuttle program just makes no sense. It's the Congress that was elected in 2010 that tried to kill the James Webb Space Telescope, but the Senate saved it. originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to … The STS-1 took place on April 12, 1981 when Columbia demonstrated that the space shuttle could safely launch into orbit and return. If the space shuttle program was a success, why there is no new generation? While it would have been nice to have new program in place, NASA simply doesn't have the funding to really focus on a new flagship program while the Shuttle program is still underway. Recently NASA shut down its Space Shuttle program. For Wayne Hale, NASA's former space shuttle program manager, ending the shuttle program is the crucial next step to ensure that America's spaceflight program is constantly evolving. Then the space shuttle program will be over. The shuttles are amazing machines, but they can't go any higher than Low-Earth orbit.
It was just carried out during Obama's administration, Obama actually EXTENDED the program because the 2008 Congress INCREASED NASA's budget.