NASA delaying new moon ship because of budget crunch

Disappointing news for space enthusiasts.  NASA will delay the first manned flight of the new spacecraft designed to take humans back to the moon because of budget constraints, according to an Associated Press article.

The craft, called the Orion, won’t fly until early 2015, four to six months later than planned, NASA administrator Michael Griffin told lawmakers.

“We simply do not have the money available” to fly in 2014 as originally planned, he said.

The delay is the result of a $545 million difference between President Bush’s request for the agency this year and the money Congress included in a spending bill Bush signed this month. Lawmakers gave the space agency the same amount of money it received in 2006.

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