NASA Decides to Reverse Cuts to Astrobiology

By Keith Cowing
March 27, 2006
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NASA Decides to Reverse Cuts to Astrobiology

This morning, at the opening session of the Astrobiology Science Conference in Washington DC, Andrew Dantzler, Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA HQ noted that the proposed FY 2007 cuts in Astrobiology did not sit well with the research community noting that “it was was not a good shot [at a budget] – we could have done better”.

He then said that based on input he had been receiving that it was “clear that we should money back [into Astrobiology]” and that “we have decided to put money back – and we will be doing that as soon as we can.”

As to the specifics of the Astrobiology funds restoration, Carl Pilcher from NASA HQ will be discussing that at an evening session tonight.

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