Foreign nations spend on space programs as U.S. retreats: Foreign nations push into space as U.S. pulls back - latimes.com
EXCERPT | " ... Not just Russia... Countries including China, India and Iran are engaged in a new race to explore space. Efforts include building research centers, rockets, satellites and lunar rovers. (W.J. Hennigan and Ralph Vartabedian. July 22, 2011. LAT. Read Article: HERE) ... "[...]
Iran plans to send a monkey into space in the summer, clearing the way for a man to follow. Countries such as Israel, Japan, North Korea and South Korea are busy building their own rockets and launching them from their own facilities.
Russia, of course, has long been America's closest competitor — and partner in more recent years — in space technology, and it continues to have a $7 billion-a-year space program. It shares command of the International Space Station.
By comparison, the Obama administration's proposed NASA funding for fiscal year 2012 was $18.7 billion, but a House appropriations panel cut that to $16.8 billion last week, taking money out of NASA's space exploration and science budgets, among other areas.