The Obama administration’s NASA budget request for fiscal 2012 continues the new policies started in last year’s request, setting up a ready-made conflict with lawmakers who ordered faster work on government-built exploration vehicles and less emphasis on commercial space travel to low Earth orbit (LEO). The $18.7 billion request matches the agency total for fiscal 2010 and the continuing resolution on NASA spending that is stalled on Capitol Hill. But it does not keep the pace set ...

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