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The Obama budget has big plans for NASA Glenn that a sequester could derail
Pushing asteroids could be the next step toward deep space exploration
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The NASA Glenn Research Center is celebrating its place in the budget President Obama’s proposed today.

The budget includes nearly some $684 million for the center near the Cleveland Hopkins airport and its satellite Plum Brook station in Sandusky. It also gives the agency a major role in providing the propulsion system to capture an asteroid and move it to the moon’s orbit for study.

But NASA Glenn Director Jim Free acknowledged in a conference call with reporters this afternoon that there is a significant question hanging over the celebration.

Free on the good news and the unknowns

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“If sequestration were to hold for the long term, that kind of throws everything up in the air. We will have to, as an agency, look at which of the programs … would stay. However, for (the coming year), at the non-sequestered level, this is a tremendous budget for the agency.”

The budget allots $37.5 million for Glenn to further develop the solar propulsion system for a robotic asteroid retrieval ship. That project  also could be part of a test-run for visits to Mars.  

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