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Canaveral, FL; Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA; Marshall Space Flight
Center, Huntsville, AL; and Stennis Space Center, in Mississippi, near Slidell, LA. In
addition, it has a federally funded research and development center, the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, operated by the California Institute of Technology. NASA's
programs are organized into four Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research,
Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations. More information on the agency's
centers, directorates, and management team can be found on the NASA website at
NASA's FY2009 Budget
The requested FY2009 budget for NASA is $17.614 billion, which is 1.8% more
than the FY2008 appropriation of $17.309 billion.2 The NASA Authorization Act of
2008 (H.R. 6063, passed by the House on June 18, 2008) would authorize $20.210 billion
for FY2009. For a breakdown of these figures by program, see Table 1.
Table 1. NASA Budget, FY2008 and FY2009
($ in millions)
FY2008 FY2008 FY2009 FY2009
as Enacted Comparable Request Authorization
to FY2009 (H.R. 6063)
Science $5,546.9 $4,706.2 $4,441.5 $4,932.2
Earth Science 1,524.2 1,280.3 1,367.5 1,518.0
Planetary Science 1,387.4 1,247.5 1,334.2 1,483.0
Astrophysics 1,578.8 1,337.5 1,162.5 1,290.4
Heliophysics 1,056.6 840.9 577.3 640.8
Aeronautics 621.9 511.7 446.5 853.4
Exploration 3,821.0 3,143.1 3,500.5 4,886.0
Constellation Systems 2,991.0 2,471.9 3,048.2 4,148.2
Advanced Capabilities 830.0 671.1 452.3 737.8
Space Operations 6,733.7 5,526.2 5,774.7 6,074.7
Space Shuttle 3,981.1 3,266.7 2,981.7 -
International Space Station 2,209.5 1,813.2 2,060.2 -
Space and Flight Support 543.1 446.3 732.8 -
Education 177.7 146.8 115.6 128.3
Cross-Agency Support 375.6 3,242.9 3,299.9 3,299.9
Inspector General 32.6 32.6 35.5 35.5
Total 17,309.4 17,309.4 17,614.2 20,210.0
Sources: FY2008 as enacted from P.L. 110-161, Division B, and explanatory statement, Congressional
Record, December 17, 2007, with general reductions applied proportionally. FY2008 comparable and
FY2009 request from NASA FY2009 congressional budget justification,
[http://www.nasa.gov/news/budget/]. H.R. 6063 as passed by the House. See text for explanation of
"comparable." Totals may not add because of rounding.
2 As well as appropriating new funds for NASA for FY2008, the Consolidated Appropriations
Act, 2008 (P.L. 110-161) rescinded $192 million in unobligated NASA funds from prior years.
The request for FY2009 is 2.9% more than the FY2008 appropriation less this rescission.
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