A Look at the Proposed NASA Budget by Line Item

The table above does not include full budget figures for FY 2018 because Congress and the president have not figured those out yet, even though we’re now 4 1/2 months into the fiscal year. It leads one to wonder whether we’ll be in a similar situation this time in 2019.

Deep Space Exploration gets a big boost in this budget, as does the Exploration R&D program. The space agency would reorganize its R&D programs and focus them on exploration activities.

Planetary Science gets a good boost in spending while Earth Science is reduced. And the Education Office is again zeroed out, something Congress has rejected in the past.

Commercial LEO development is funded at $150 million. The goal is to spur development of alternative platforms for the International Space Station (ISS), which would have direct federal support ended in 2025. There is already a lot of opposition to that plan in Congress, so we’ll see what happens there.