From: House Appropriations Committee
Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - NASA is funded at $17.6 billion in the bill, which is $226 million below fiscal year 2012 and $138 million below the President's request. This funding includes:
- $3.7 billion for Exploration - $59 million below fiscal year 2012. This includes funding to keep NASA on schedule for upcoming Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Space Launch System flight milestones and to maintain progress in a reconfigured commercial crew program.
- $4 billion for Space Operations - $249 million below fiscal year 2012. The legislation will continue the closeout of the Space Shuttle program for a savings of $503 million.
- $5.1 billion for NASA Science programs - $5 million above fiscal year 2012. This includes $1.4 billion for planetary science to ensure the continuation of critical research and development programs that were imperiled by the President's request. This also includes $628 million, as requested, for the James Webb Space Telescope.
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