October 11th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

NASA expected to get OK for additional shuttle launch

Shuttle Discovery sits at the launch pad for its final lift off scheduled for November 1, 2010.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 bill is expected to be signed by President Obama Monday.

The bill passed by Congress last week, and the billions of dollars in it include money for commercial space programs, the authorization for NASA to develop a heavy lift vehicle that would fly beyond lower earth orbit and the go ahead for NASA to add a shuttle launch.

This would be the very last lift-off of the space shuttle program. The federal dollars, including the cost of the additional launch, has not yet been appropriated. If the extra launch is a go it would likely take place in June 2011.

The two remaining "scheduled" shuttle missions will fly from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the following days:

November 1st, 2010
Space Shuttle Discovery
4:33 p.m. EDT

February 26, 2011
Space Shuttle Endeavour
4:04 p.m. EDT

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Pierre Nicolas

    I think the Nasa go to space,the better
    For science and tech nology

    October 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pierre Nicolas

    I think the more Nasa go to space,the better it is
    For science and tech nology

    October 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    NASA promised US that their shuttle program would carry commercial cargo into space for cheap. This is what they told Congress conning them out of huge funding. Commercial cargo rates they promised never materialized. And the irresponsible way they have conducted themselves over the years leading to loss of life and hardware is not exuseable. Did any of you catch the 60 minutes news program interviewing one of the illegal Mexican's NASA hired to glue heat-sink tiles to the shuttle?

    October 11, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    So lets put a 600 million dollar band aide on the space coast. with nasa personel that have been there for decades how will one more mission help them the contractors or local businesses? i hope Floridas tourisim board comes up with something or the coast will be a ghost town

    October 11, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    @tomcat...I agree. NASA should be dissolved, and the funding should go to the private sector. 50 years after Apollo and they still fly around in beer cans with a bottle rocket taped to the side.

    October 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tomcat

    hey phil check out the blog on the burned boy

    October 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Brieske

    I believe they should be concentrating on telescope technology. They must locate the closest planet that is like Earth. There must be a reason UFOs have a crew. You would think they could be crewless. But they aren't so the pilot has to make decisions. They are traveling fast and everything is moving.
    In any event, the human body is not capable of high speed, long term space travel. We have to create space travelers. Then design the spaceship based on their size and improved physical abilities. At the same time we find the perfect planet and design a very good space probe to send there. Also we develope the ability to carry a male and female human baby in an artificial womb.
    Then 50 or 60 years from now we send them to the planet. This is all we should be spending our space program money on.

    October 12, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. tomcat

    the US will never admit to ufos despite piolets and ground crews. they have been lying to us for years.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. hoss

    so glad the economy is thriving and we have the money for this. what a waste

    October 12, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    Would an intelligent person spend his time and energy ,for decades, travelling long distance to a certain pasture, and secretly watch the cows graze? And when the rancher who governs these cows discovers you, would he too keep your being there a secret from the cows?

    October 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |