Press Release

Statement from NASA’s Janet Petro on Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request

By SpaceRef Editor
March 28, 2022
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“Sixty years ago, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center was established to meet the challenge of landing a human on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 2023) budget proposal supports NASA’s upcoming return to the Moon as well as many other endeavors dedicated to exploring the unknown, innovating for the benefit of humanity, and inspiring the world through discovery.

“As the world’s premier multi-user spaceport, Kennedy boasts more than 90 private-sector partners and nearly 250 partnership agreements. The presence of commercial companies at Kennedy is larger than ever before, creating economic benefit for the Space Coast and state of Florida while enabling NASA to embark on a new era of space exploration.

“I’m proud of Kennedy Space Center’s role in helping strengthen America’s leadership in aerospace and expanding an industry that creates good-paying jobs while furthering exploration and discovery. Investment in NASA missions benefits our community, our country, and people around the world.

“The FY2023 budget provides much needed resources for Kennedy Space Center programs. It will be another historic launch year for Kennedy Space Center as we prepare to launch Artemis I, sending the Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back in preparation for sending the first woman and first person of color to the lunar surface.

“We will continue partnering with industry through the Commercial Crew Program to send crews, supplies, and science investigations to the International Space Station. Likewise, the Launch Services Program will partner with commercial launchers to support Earth-facing science, seek to validate technologies for future lunar missions, and further the exploration of our solar system and beyond.

“Kennedy Space Center is postured to be the spaceport of choice for corporate tenants, offering companies the opportunity to build efficiency through consolidated operations – allowing manufacturing, integration, testing, and launch services in one location.

“The budget also provides for maintenance, operations, and modification of Kennedy spaceport infrastructure, including launch pads, operations facilities, and the unique Vehicle Assembly Building.

“As Kennedy Space Center marks its 60th anniversary this year, we reflect on six decades of our many contributions to science, technology, and exploration. Today, we at Kennedy Space Center are more committed than ever to building on the legacy of the work that has gone before in order to meet the demands of the future.”

Read NASA Administrator Bill Nelson’s statement on the FY2023 budget request here

Images of Janet Petro are available from NASA’s image library in vertical and horizontalformats.

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SpaceRef staff editor.