Obama has endorsed the Bush schedule for Shuttle retirement in his new budget. There is money for one extra flight. But come 2010, the United States will be, quite sadly, no longer a space faring nation.
The budget does leave the door open for a brief extension of the shuttle’s worklife. Bush wanted the shuttle to retire after it finished hauling building materials to the International Space Station. Obama’s budget allws for one additional shuttle flight before the end of 2010 if it can be flown “safely and affordably.”