NASA's 2011 Budget-Authorized vs. Appropriated

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For their reading enjoyment, we wanted to give our readers a comparison of the funding differences between the amounts in the 2010 NASA Authorization Act and in the HR 1473, “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act”. Here are the numbers:

2010 NASA Authorization

NASA FY11 Budget $19.0000B
Exploration $3.8683B
MPCV $1.1200B
SLS $1.6310B
Expltn Tech Dev $0.2500
Human Rsrch $0.1550
Cmrcl Cargo $0.3000
Cmrcl Crew $0.3120
Robotic Precrsr $0.1000
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Total expl $3.8680B
Space Operations $5.5085B
ISS $2.7798
Shuttle $1.6097
Space & Flt Srvc $1.1190
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Total ops $5.5085B
Science Activities $5.0056B
Earth $1.8018
Planetary $1.4857
Astrophysics $1.0763
Heliophysics $0.6419
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Total sci. $5.0056B
Aeronautics $0.9296B
Aero Rsrch $0.5796
Space Tech. $0.3500
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Total aero. $0.9296B
Education $0.1458B
Expmtl Prgm $0.0250
Space Grant $0.0456
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Total ed. $0.0706B
Rmndr ed. $0.0752B
Cross Agency Support $3.1114B
Constr, Enviro. Cmplc & Rmdnt $0.3943B
Insp. General $0.0370B
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Total appropriations $18.5767B
Rmndr appropriations $0.4233B

House FY 2011 NASA Appropriations

NASA FY11 Appropriation $18.4850B
Exploration $3.8083B
MPCV $1.2000B
SLS $1.8000B
Expltn Tech Dev $?
Human Rsrch $?
Cmrcl Cargo $?
Cmrcl Crew $?
Robotic Precrsr $?
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Total expl $3.0000B
Remaining $0.8080B
Space Operations $5.5085B
Science Activities $4.9453B
Aeronautics $0.5350B
Education $0.1458B
Cross Agency Support $3.1114B
Constr, Enviro. Cmplc & Rmdnt $0.3943B
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Total appropriation $18.054B
Rmndr appropriation $0.4310B

Missing are appropriations for Commercial Cargo, Commercial Crew Development, Robotic Precursor, Human Research, and Exploration Technology Development. Commercial cargo, commercial crew, human research, exploration technology development, and robot precursor programs, which were authorized at $1.117B now only have a pool of $808M in funding, or 72% of the original funding, from which to draw. Clearly, NASA’s leadership faces some tough choices in figuring out how to fund each of those programs.

In addition to the Exploration budget, Science and Aeronautics Research were both cut. That the Appropriators budgeted funds above that in the Authorization Act for the SLS and MPCV is surprising. One hopes that this signifies that Congress will not do to the SLS and MPCV what it did to Constellation–under-fund those two program.

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