Bush’s Manned Mars Mission Funds Cut By $538 Mln in House Bill Bloomberg

Funds for President George W. Bush’s plan to use the moon as a base for possible manned missions to Mars were cut by more than half next year in a bill approved by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration would get $15.1 billion under the bill, which cuts $538 million from Bush’s plan to spend $910 million on the Mars proposal in the 2005 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2004.