Just a minor correction.
There is a lot of happy scuttlebutt on the web regarding NASAs funding that was approved. A lot of the space-related websites are happy that the House and Senate got together and approved a budget. Bad Astronomy (which also contains a lot of bad political anaylsis), for example, states this, but so do many, many others.
Except for one thing: the House and Senate did not approve a budget. What they approved was a funding bill and nothing more.
In fact, it has been 937 days since a budget has been passedin violation of the law. Just so you know, it is the Senate that passes the budget.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.