House Appropriations Committee Releases NASA Budget Figures

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The House Appropriations Committee has released updated numbers for the NASA FY 2016 budget. The highlights include:

  • $3.4 billion for Space Launch System, Orion and related ground systems, an increase of $546 million over the President’s request;
  • $1 billion for Commercial Crew, a reduction of $243 million from the request;
  • $625 million for space technology, a reduction of $100 million.
  • $1.56 billion for planetary exploration, an increase of $196 million;
  • $1.68 billion for Earth science, a reduction of $264 million;
  • $140 million to begin work on the Jupiter Europa clipper;
  • $19 million to maintain operations of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and $13.7 million for the Mars Opportunity Rover.

The table below has the full details.

NASA FY 2016 BUDGET
(In Millions of Dollars)
PROGRAMADMINISTRATION REQUEST
HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
DIFFERENCE
Science$5,288.6$5,237.5-$51.1
Earth Science
$1,947.3$1,682.9-$264.2
Planetary Sciences$1,361.2 $1,557.0 $195.8
Astrophysics$709.1 $735.6 $26.5
James Webb Space Telescope
$620.0 $620.0 $0.0
Heliophysics$651.0$642.0 -$9.0
Jupiter Europa Clipper$30.0$140.0 $110.0
Space Exploration$4,505.9$4,759.3$253.4
Exploration Systems Development
$2,862.9$3,409.3$546.4
Space Launch System
$1,356.5$1,850.0$493.5
Orion
$1,096.3$1,096.3$0.0
Exploration Ground Systems
$410.1 $410.0-$0.1
Program Integration
$53.0$53.0
Commercial Spaceflight$1,243.8$1,000.0-$243.0
Research & Development$399.2$350.0-$49.2
Space Operations$4,003.7$3,957.3
-$46.4
International Space Station$3,106.6$3,075.6-$31.0
Space & Flight Support
$898.1$881.7-$16.4
Space Technology$724.8$625.0
-$99.8
Aeronautics$571.4$600.0
$28.6
Education$88.9$119.0
$30.1
Safety, Security and Mission Services$2,843.1$2,768.6
-$74.5
Construction & Environmental Compliance & Restoration$465.3$425.0
-$40.3
Inspector General$37.4$37.4
$0.0
TOTALS:$18,529.1$18,529.1$0.0