Unformatted text preview: on (par. 1-11). The Hubble Space Telescope also uses a large sum of NASA’s budget. After its launch in April 24, 1990, NASA spent $347 million on one servicing mission alone. Additionally, $448 million was spent by NASA on using the shuttle to send men and equipment to fix the Hubble Space Telescope (Jones and Savage 1-2). Rovers, travelling to Mars and other planets or moons, are a main component in NASA’s spending. The recent Phoenix Lander mission to Mars cost NASA roughly $386 million for the entire program, including the launch, vehicle, equipment, and other components (“Phoenix Mars Lander 2007” par. 9). Future missions, including the Orion-Ares trip to the moon are also very costly elements to expanding the NASA organization. The Orion-Ares project, in conjunction with the Constellation program sending men to the moon once again, although the total project cost is still unknown, will receive $4 billion from President Bush to jumpstart mission (Perlman D1). To pay for all of the magnificent programs, missions, equipment, research, and personnel, NASA has requested a total sum of $17.6 billion for the year 2009. The amount of money requested by NASA for 2009 can be broken into several sub-categories. Sciences including earth sciences, planetary sciences, astrophysics, and heliophysics will receive $4 billion for research and educating students in these sciences. The aeronautics department has requested a total of $446.5 million to advance NASA’s flight science programs throughout the country. Additionally, NASA has requested $3.5 billion to start the Constellation project, sending men to Largent 5 the moon with the Orion-Ares spacecraft, and advancing the capabilities of their research facilities. Similarly, NASA wishes that $5.7 billion be given to space operations. This will pay for the space shuttle repairs and launches, international space station missions, and space and flight support. Last but not least, NASA has requested $115.6 million solely for the education of aerospace students, emp...
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