Funding Highlights:
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Published on: Mar 3, 2016


  • 1. NATiONAL AERONAuTiCS ANd SPACE AdMiNiSTRATiON Funding Highlights: • Provides $18.7 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Combined with the $1 billion provided to the agency in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, this represents a total increase of more than $2.4 billion over the 2008 level. • Funds a program of space-based research that supports the Administration’s commitment to deploy a global climate change research and monitoring system. • Funds a robust program of space exploration involving humans and robots. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will return humans to the Moon while also supporting a vigorous program of robotic exploration of the solar system and universe. • Funds the safe flight of the Space Shuttle through the vehicle’s retirement at the end of 2010. An additional flight will be conducted if it can be completed safely before the end of 2010. • Funds the development of new space flight systems for carrying American crews and supplies to space. • Funds continued use of the International Space Station to support the agency and other Federal, commercial, and academic research and technology testing needs. • Funds aeronautics research to address aviation safety, air traffic control, noise and emissions reduction, and fuel efficiency. Advances Global Climate Change ordinating with other Federal agencies to ensure Research and Monitoring. The National Aero- continuity of measurements that have long-term nautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) research and applications benefits� investment in Earth science research satellites, airborne sensors, computer models, and analysis funds a Robust Program of Space Ex- has revolutionized scientific knowledge and pre- ploration involving humans and Robots. diction of climate change and its effects� Using NASA’s astronauts and robotic spacecraft have the National research Council’s recommended been exploring our solar system and the uni- priorities for space-based Earth science research verse for more than 50 years� The Agency will as its guide, NASA will develop new space-based create a new chapter of this legacy as it works to research sensors in support of the Administra- return Americans to the Moon by 2020 as part tion’s goal to deploy a global climate research of a robust human and robotic space exploration and monitoring system� NASA will work to program� NASA also will send a broad suite of deploy these new sensors expeditiously while co- robotic missions to destinations throughout the 103
  • 2. 104 A NEW ErA OF rESPONSIBILITy National Aeronautics and Space Administration Discretionary budget authority in billions of dollars Actuals, including emergencies In addition, the Recovery Act 25 Projections includes $1.0 billion. 20 18.7 17.2 17.8 16.7 16.3 15 10 5 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 solar system and develop a bold new set of astro- ble and utilize the International Space Station, nomical observatories to probe the mysteries of the permanently crewed facility orbiting Earth the universe, increasing investment in research, that enables the Agency to develop, test, and data analysis, and technology development in validate critical space exploration technologies support of these goals� and processes� NASA also will continue to coor- dinate with international partners to make this Completes the international Space Sta- platform available for other government entities, tion and Advances the development of New commercial industry, and academic institutions Space Transportation Systems. NASA will fly to conduct research� the Space Shuttle to complete the Internation- al Space Station and then retire the Shuttle in Renews NASA’s Commitment to Aero- 2010; an additional flight may be conducted if it nautics Research. A strong national program can safely and affordably be flown by the end of of aeronautics research and technology contrib- 2010� Funds freed from the Shuttle’s retirement utes to the economic well-being and quality of will enable the Agency to support development life of American citizens� NASA will renew its of systems to deliver people and cargo to the In- commitment to cutting-edge, fundamental re- ternational Space Station and the Moon� As part search in traditional and emerging disciplines of this effort, NASA will stimulate private-sector to help transform the Nation’s air transpor- development and demonstration of vehicles that tation system and to support future aircraft� may support the Agency’s human crew and cargo NASA research will increase airspace capac- space flight requirements� ity and mobility, enhance aviation safety, and improve aircraft performance while reducing Continues Support of the international noise, emissions, and fuel consumption� Space Station. NASA will continue to assem-

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