NASA will receive $25.4 billion in 2023

The US Congress approved the final version of the NASA budget for 2023. In total, it will amount to 25.4 billion dollars. This is 5% more than last year, but less than NASA itself asked for.
Kennedy Space Center named after. Source: NASA/Kim Shiflett

In the spring of 2022, the White House presented NASA’s draft budget for the next fiscal year. It provided for the allocation of a total of 25.9 billion dollars for the agency’s needs. The document was then submitted to the US Congress. While the Senate’s bill was completely consistent with the original application, the House of Representatives cut some positions. After a series of consultations and negotiations, the House of Representatives and the Senate finally agreed on the final version of the budget. It is expected to be approved in the coming days.

The document provides for the allocation of just under $8 billion for science programs, which is $200 million less than NASA’s initial request. $1.2 billion will be spent on programs to study new space technologies. This is 100 million more than in 2022, but 200 million less than NASA wanted.

As for research projects (which include all costs for manned spaceflight and the Artemis program), they will be allocated $7.48 billion — about the amount originally requested. This amount includes 1.486 billion dollars for vehicles designed to bring people to the surface of the Moon. We will remind that NASA is currently holding a competition for a contract to create a second lunar lander. NASA will also receive $281 million for the construction of a mobile platform that will be used to launch a more powerful modification of the SLS rocket.

As for the rest of the expenditure items (space missions, general education projects, environmental protection programs, etc.), NASA will receive about as much money as it originally requested.

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