Wow! Just one more reason to like President Obama.
Obama to Back New Heavy Rocket, Bigger NASA Budget, Cancel Ares 1
Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo, December 22, 2009
Reporting on a White House and NASA meeting last Wednesday, sources say that the President has decided to give NASA an additional $1 billion in 2011. The extra funding will serve to create a new, simpler heavy lift rocket, as well as to increase the fleet of satellites controlling Earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere.