"The design of the space shocks, theoretically similar to the equipment used to lessen the shake, rattle and roll on an off-road pickup, should be ready by fall for the Ares 1 rocket. The rocket, which also is in the design stage, will carry the Orion moon capsule into orbit by March 2015.
"Space agency officials outlined their strategy to dull the vibrations Thursday following congressional hearings in Washington and the release of a critical report by the Government Accountability Office. Lawmakers at a House subcommittee's hearing joined GAO auditors in expressing new concerns about the rocket's design and development. Some questioned whether the agency can realize its goal to return astronauts to the moon by 2020.
"In the Senate, some Republicans joined Democrats in calling for a $1 billion increase in the space agency's budget. They said the funds were needed to help NASA overcome technical obstacles and ensure the agency maintains a focus on climate studies, robotic science missions and aeronautics."