Thursday, May 07, 2009

NASA Unveils $18.7 Billion Budget For 2010

The Obama Administration is requesting $18.686 billion "to advance Earth science, complete the International Space Station, explore the solar system and conduct aeronautics research," according to a summary leased by NASA today.

The budget request represents an increase of $903.6 million, about 5 percent, above the amount provided NASA in the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, the summary said.

According to the summary:

"The FY 2010 budget does a number of things: it supports the Administration's commitment to deploy a global climate change research and monitoring system; it funds a strong program of space exploration involving humans and robots with the goal of returning Americans to the moon and exploring other destinations; and it supports the safe flight of the Space Shuttle to complete assembly of the International Space Station by the Space Shuttle's planned retirement.

With the FY 2010 budget request, we will advance our global climate change research. NASA's investment in Earth science research satellites, airborne sensors, computer models and analysis already has revolutionized scientific knowledge and predictions of climate change and its effects. Using the National Research Council's recommended priorities for space-based Earth science research, we will develop new sensors to support the Administration's goal of deploying a global climate research and monitoring system.

Click HERE to download and save a NASA Budget Summary.

Click HERE to download and save a copy of an introduction to the proposed 2010 budget.

Click HERE to download and save a copy of the Exploration Systems Budget.

Click HERE to download and save a copy of the NASA Space Operations Budget.

ABOUT THE IMAGE: Click to enlarge and save the Associated Press photo of shuttle Discovery blasting off March 15 on a mission to the International Space Station.

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