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Biden supports NASA with $24.7 billion 2022 budget proposal

Steve Jurczyk. Photo: NASA

Paris, 12 April 2021. – The U.S. Government’s budget for fiscal year 2022 requests $24.7 billion for NASA, a 6.3 per cent increase compared to this year’s spending bill, the White House said.

The President’s “discretionary request” includes $6.9 billion for NASA’s human exploration of Moon, Mars and beyond, an unspecified amount for the robotic exploration of the solar system, $1.4 billion for enhanced research and development, $2.3 billion for advanced Earth and climate science, and more than $3 billion for research on the International Space Station (ISS), the White House said.

The acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk applauded the proposal. “This $24.7 billion funding request demonstrates the Biden Administration’s commitment to NASA and its partners who have worked so hard this past year”, he said.

The president’s FY 2022 funding request “(k)eeps NASA on the path to landing the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon under the Artemis program”, Jurczyk said.

It “strengthens NASA’s ability to better understand Earth and how it works as an integrated system, furthers robotic exploration of the solar system and the universe”, “invests in aviation to make our skies safer, our fuels cleaner, and to get you to your destination faster than ever before”, and “includes new funding for NASA’s STEM engagement efforts to inspire underserved and underrepresented students to become the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and explorers”.

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