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.”
Thanks to @POTUS' budget proposal, regular crewed missions to the International @Space_Station will continue, paving the way for commercial space stations and humanity's return to the Moon! #StateOfNASA— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) March 9, 2023
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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