NASA Reverses Pledge to Restore Astrobiology Fundinghttp://www.spaceref.com/news/viewnews.nl.html?id=1109
"Reliable sources now report that at a Science Mission Directorate monthly
meeting at NASA HQ on Thursday it was noted that no additional funds will
be given to Astrobiology and that someone is going to have to go tell the
astrobiologists that the claim made by Dantzler and Pilcher is not true."
-- Statement by Michael Griffin before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on
Science, Depts of State, Justice, & Commerce, & Related Agencieshttp://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.nl.html?pid=20118
"Thus, further delays in the CEV are strategically more damaging to our Nation's
space program than delays to these other science missions. I stand by my decision
regarding how to implement the priorities of the President and Congress within the
resources provided, and I will work closely with our stakeholders in Congress and
the scientific community to make sure they understand my rationale. Some of our
stakeholders will not agree with my position, but it is important for everyone to
understand the rationale. These are difficult decisions, but we must balance the
competing priorities for our Nation's civil space and aeronautics research
endeavors with the limited resources available."