NASA unveils $27B budget plan as administrator touts agency successes

Bill Nelson talked up goals in State of NASA address

Orion's solar array, and the spacecraft's view of Earth from 58,000 miles away. (NASA)

ORLANDO, Fla. – NASA had a big year in 2022, and the Biden administration is asking for even more money as the space agency moves forward on its goals.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson on Thursday presented the annual State of NASA address and unveiled a fiscal year 2024 budget proposal of $27.2 billion for the space agency, an increase from $26 billion the previous year.

Nelson tweeted that the funding request demonstrated “the administration’s belief in our agency’s potential and faith in the world’s best workforce.”

Nelson’s address recounted a busy 2022 for NASA that included the highly-successful Artemis I mission that sent a human-grade spacecraft to orbit the moon for the first time since the 1970s, as well as successes for the James Webb Telescope.

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NASA plans to reveal the crew for the Artemis II mission on April 3. That mission, taking place in 2024, will send four astronauts to orbit the moon for the first time in 50 years.

Nelson also touted a $1.4 billion funding boost to help with the agency’s plans to send a crew to Mars and $1 billion to develop a new generation of greener and faster aircraft for the aviation industry.

The Biden administration’s budget is subject to approval by Congress.

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