The White House unveiled its proposal of next year’s budget, which illustrates that NASA will be receiving more money to help it advance the Earth science and space technology programs. The proposal enumerates the Biden administration’s priorities to oversee, leaving a legacy after the citizens’ overwhelming support.
The full budget will be relayed, later on, called a preliminary to what will be released. The White House revealed that it would be increasing the allocation for NASA from the $23.271 billion it received this year to $24.7 billion. The interim NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk stated that the appropriation illustrates NASA’s desire to help the agency’s projects become successful. The document fails to indicate the specific programs that this funding will support. The Earth science program will receive an additional 15% of the $2 billion it received this year. The administration expects this money to help develop advanced satellites that will be analyzing the climate science phenomena.
The agency’s space technology program will take a 27% increase to the $1.1 billion it received this year. This amount would help it improve the activities and services it offers and to scale up the missions that will deploy new technologies into space. Moreover, space technology research would indicate the effect of adopting clean energy technologies on Earth’s atmospheric changes. The other sector that received a 5% boost to its previous allocation of $6.56 billion is the human exploration program.
The document outlines that this amount should support the Artemis program and the development of missions taking people outside the Earth to other cosmic worlds and finally to Mars. However, the document doesn’t illustrate the timeframe that the Artemis program must be operational, implying its desire to witness the program to be successful without unnecessary pressure. Another concept that is not indicated in the proposal is the HLS program that the Trump administration was advocating for.
Jurczyk explained that the proposal offers NASA the resources to develop and make the missions to Mars and Moon successful. Moreover, the funding will oversee the landing of the first woman and a person of colour on the moon. The other projects that the proposal does not cover comprehensively include the Mars Sample Return program and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. On the other hand, weather satellite programs have also recorded a possible increase in their funding to develop satellites that can relay crucial data to the public concerning the weather and climate.
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