NASA Administrator Statement on President Biden’s 2022 Funding Request for science and commercial space a boost

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson:

“The Biden-Harris Administration’s fiscal year 2022 funding request is an investment in America’s future. Agency activities contribute to economies local and national, invest in the next generation through STEM education, and are essential to American leadership around the world. This budget request is evidence that NASA’s missions contribute to the administration’s larger goals for America: addressing climate change, promoting equity, and driving economic growth.

“As a global leader in Earth science and our eyes in the sky, NASA is uniquely positioned to help the world understand and mitigate climate change. This funding request increases investment in climate research and science programs, allowing NASA to build the next generation platform:

  • The Earth System Observatory
  • an array of space-based satellites
  • instruments
  • Missions

“This FY 2022 budget, along with continued bipartisan support for NASA’s goals and missions, will empower NASA and the United States to lead humanity into the next era in exploration – an era in which government and the private sector partner to take us farther than ever before – to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond – and to expand science, economic growth, and well-being here on Earth.”

The budget request includes:

  • Deep space exploration: $6.8 billion, 5.6% increase
    1. Exploration Systems Development
    2. Exploration Research & Development
  • Space technology: $1.4 billion, 29.5% increase
  • Space operations: $4 billion, 0.7% increase
    1. International Space Station
    2. Space Transportation
    3. Space and Flight Support
    4. Commercial LEO Development
  • Science: $7.9 billion, 8.6% increase
    1. Earth Science
    2. Planetary Science
    3. Astrophysics
    4. Heliophysics
    5. James Webb Space Telescope
    6. Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Aeronautics: $915 million, 10.4% increase
  • STEM engagement: $147 million, 15.7% increase
  • Safety, security, and mission services: $3 billion, 3.8% increase
    1. Mission Services & Capabilities
    2. Engineering, Safety, & Operations
  • Construction and environmental compliance: $390 million, 8.9% decrease
    1. Construction of Facilities
    2. Environmental Compliance and Restoration
  • Inspector general’s office: $46 million, 4.1% increase