NASA Center In Ohio Awaits Answers On Moon Program

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cleveland (AP) -- Workers at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland say they are anxiously waiting for the White House to decide the fate of the space agency's moon program.

NASA Glenn has developed some key components of the Ares I, a powerful new moon rocket that is the centerpiece of NASA's $100 billion return-to-the moon program.

But a White House panel of experts says the program is in jeopardy without an extra $3 billion a year beyond NASA's current $18 billion annual budget.

Ramon Lugo, deputy director at NASA Glenn, says uncertainty around the moon program has been stressful.

He's telling workers to carry on until President Barack Obama says otherwise.

The moon program has pumped an average of $93 million a year into NASA Glenn's budget.

The facility has about 3,500 civil service and contract employees.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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