Language differences in the House and Senate versions of the appropriations bills funding NASA in fiscal 2013 leave open the question of how much competition NASA will be able to afford, and for how long, before it selects one or more commercial spacecraft to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee adopted language April 26 directing NASA to move quickly to choose one or at most two vehicles, and to focus funding on ...

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