NASA’s plan for divvying up the work under its Fiscal 2011 budget request appears to have been drafted with at least an eye to the politics of getting it through Congress, and perhaps even to the congressional elections this fall. Alabama—home of Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, one of the most vocal opponents of the Obama administration space policy—does pretty well, as do potential battleground states Florida and Ohio (see p. 35). Administrator Charles Bolden says consultation with Congress ...

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