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Unformatted text preview: loyees, and even astronauts at training facilities across the country (“2009 Budget Request" 7). Despite NASA’s budget request, without the government to fund the program, NASA will no longer exist. According to David Perlman, George W. Bush plans to give NASA $4 billion for shuttle missions and projects, $5.4 billion for space science, and the previously mentioned $4 billion towards the Constellation program. This proposed funding is more than enough for the space science and Constellation divisions, giving NASA close to $2 billion in excess money. However, the $4 billion designated for space shuttle missions and repairs does not meet the requested $5.7 billion from NASA (D1). Additional problems arise based on past and upcoming aeronautic research funding. In 2005, the funding for NASA’s aeronautics research dropped from $1.06 billion to $906 million. Future budget drops show that the funding could drop to $718 million by 2010 (“NASA funding waning” par. 30). Nevertheless, this estimated drop in funding still surpasses the request by NASA by over $250 million. Yet on the other hand, members and representatives from NASA made a visit to the congressional offices recently to protest a $1 billion loss in the proposed budget for the year 2009 (“Space Alliance to Boost NASA Funding” par.1). Also, with the upcoming election, Barack Obama plans to give $2 billion in addition to NASA’s current funding to the space program. However, John McCain points out that Obama only recently started to support NASA funding (“Obama $2 billion NASA Funding” par. 1-4). With these two conflicting views, however, nobody can guarantee how the Largent 6 next president will help NASA. Nonetheless, even $2 billion will benefit NASA compared to the $1 billion loss. To understand the reason for this somewhat pricey organization, the cost of NASA needs to be justified by the benefits the agency has contributed to the America, world-wide, and to the space community in its 50 year history. Since congress created NASA in 1958, NASA has landed on the mo...
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2010 for the course HET 489 taught by Professor Zhenwei during the Three '08 term at Swinburne.
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