NASA is currently working on a number of new projects such as the Artemis program, including a manned mission to Mars by 2023. The agency needs $26 billion in order to fund these ambitious goals but has received only about a third of that amount so far. With so much at stake, it’s imperative that Congress provide the necessary funding for NASA to succeed. NASA needs $26 billion to send people to Mars and the Moon in 2023, according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This is an increase from the current estimate of $22 billion. Funding for these ambitious goals would come from both private and public sources.
Joe Biden’s government wants to improve their space game. They have requested $26 billion for NASA’s 2023 budget. This is $2 billion more than NASA received in the current fiscal year. NASA will be able to continue its Artemis program, address climate change, drive economic development, promote diversity, equality, inclusion, accessibility with the increased budget.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated in a statement,
The President’s budget request is more than just a number, statistic, or fact. This budget is a reflection of the Biden-Harris Administration’s confidence in the exceptional workforce that makes NASA one of the most desirable places to work in the federal government. It is an investment in the universities and businesses that work with NASA in all 50 US states, and in the high-paying jobs, they create. It is a sign of support for our new era in exploration and discovery.
NASA will use $26 billion to fund its operations.
The NASA official website has a breakdown of how $26 billion will be spent in 2023. The budget includes $7.6 billion for deep space exploration and testing technologies that will enable human exploration of Mars. Common Exploration Systems Development will receive approximately $4.7 billion of the budget to support lunar missions, including funding for Orion and Space Launch System (SLS).
$2.4 billion of the budget will go to Earth-observing satellites and $1.4 billion for research in space technology. $970 million to support aeronautics research, and $150 million to the Office of STEM Engagement in education and engagement activities.