It was a busy day at NASA. This week, the agency announced the Biden government’s 2023 funding proposal, which includes everything from Artemis Moon missionaries to looking at change. Currently, staff at the Kennedy Space Center are only a few hours away from starting a light -duty training of the massive Space Launch System rocket. The effect of the training will help when Artemis 1 starts.
The more money, the more science
The demand for $ 26 billion is historic. In this week’s State of the Agency address, NASA CEO Bill Nelson saw an 8 percent jump from fiscal year 2022 real studies – what he called “a huge increase in first of last year’s treasury. “
And, he said, “It’s the biggest science quest in NASA history.” Casey Dreier, executive director and broad -based policy advisor with the nonprofit and nonpartisan organization The Planetary Society, said. Astronomy NASA is asking for nearly $ 8 billion for science – a 5 percent increase from 2022 spending. about a strong commitment to the search for Mars. In fact, a quarter of next year’s science fund applications will be dedicated, he said, to a return trip to Mars.
Near home, NASA is asking for $ 2.4 billion for research into climate change and Earth observation, with the power of an orbiting mission for earth science. “We’re seeing huge advances in earth science,” Dreier said.
Other important financial factors include:
* Nearly $ 7.5 billion for Artemis, including asking Congress (new) to get full funding of a two -man Earthquake instead of the Starship being developed from SpaceX. The second land demand is about $ 1.5 billion. The lunar space station Gateway has about $ 800 million. Space development funding is on the rise, while funding plans to reduce support for the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft.
* $ 224 million for low -earth orbit centers. Currently, the US is scheduled to launch the International Space Station by 2030, while Russia is scheduled to launch only 2024. (Nelson seems to have gone so far as to strengthen security ties and the ties are continuing on the ISS.) Demand is a 90 percent increase from last year’s grants.
* Nearly half a billion dollars for robotic missions a month.
* Continuing Clipper Europe, which, at $ 5 billion, is the world’s largest retail market.
The cost of that mission, along with the ease of the start-up window, is the reason the funding request will delay two years for the launch of the asteroid-hunting missionary NEO Surveyor, Dreier said. Surveyor is now expected to start before 2028. Science Directorate Deputy Associate Administrator Sandra Connelly referred to research on the planet as a “downside” to the delay and mentioned in a Says the delay is a customer with “other high -level missions. Which we are fulfilling.”
Dreier explained that the money was just a request. While the budget is helping with the expansion problems, Congress is holding back on the sacks and, with the arrival of the midterms, it can’t be done on demand for several months. There may need to be a continuing resolution, which will fund the office at current levels until the FY23 fund is actually implemented later this year or early next year. .