The Obama Administration is unveiling NASA's 2010 budget today and it assumes that the space agency will complete the International Space Station and retire the shuttle fleet 2010.
"The International Space Station is a complex of researchlaboratories in low Earth orbit in which Americaan, Russian, Canadian, European, and Japanese astronauts are conducting unique scientific and technological investigations in a microgravity enviroment. The 2010 President's Budget provides funding for Space Station launch proccesing activities, on-orbit assembly, and experiment deliveries to orbit.," a budget document posted at the White House web site says.
"The bojective of the Space Station is to support human space exploration and conduct science experiments unique to the location of the space station. NASA plans to complete assembly of the Space Station in 2010 prior to Shuttle retirement, including the delivery of the Cupola, Node 3, and logistics and supplies. The Alpha Magnetic Spectromer (AMS) science experiment will be flown after these flights if it can be safely and affordably completed in calendar year 2010," the document says.