NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATIONThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) develops aeronauticsand space technologies, studies the Earth romspace, and pioneers the exploration o space. TheBudget provides $17.7 billion or NASA to sup-port investments that will ensure continued U.S.leadership in space, while helping to create newindustries and capabilities. It supports researchand development to drive advances in our spacecapabilities and strengthens NASA’s ability to an-swer increasingly important scientic questionsabout the Earth.
Leads the World in Space Exploration
Invests in American Private AerospaceEnterprises.
In order to reduce our reliance onoreign providers or transporting our astronautsto and rom the International Space Station,the Budget invests in the innovative energieso U.S. industry to create transport capabilitiesat a lower cost than previous systems. Building on a successul commercial cargo program,the Commercial Crew Program is a uniquely American partnership aimed at introducing new eciencies in space exploration that willstrengthen U.S. leadership in space, help producea more globally-competitive U.S. space indus-try, and enable the Nation to more ully benetrom the International Space Station’s researchcapabilities.
Sustains Investment in Space Tech-nologies.
Ad vanced technology investments
will increase the aordability, saety, and easi-bility o NASA and other Federal Governmentand commercial space activities to ultimatelyenable travel to and exploration o destinationsnever beore visited. From laboratory experi-ments to technology demonstrations onboard theInternational Space Station to uture in-spacemissions, the Budget unds the testing and de- velopment o technologies that will be crucial toNASA’s missions and will help to urther developa competitive U.S. aerospace sector.
Advances Human Exploration o theSolar System.
The Budget ully unds the con-tinued development o new systems that will sup-port crewed missions to deep space. The SpaceLaunch System heavy-lit rocket will eventuallybe the world’s largest rocket since the Apollo-eraSaturn V, and remains on track or its rst testfight in 2017. The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle will carry crews past the Moon and isscheduled or its rst uncrewed fight test nextyear. Both programs leverage NASA’s skilledworkorce and contractor teams and builds uponexisting capabilities to push the reach o humansarther into the solar system, with an initial goalo visiting an asteroid in the next decade, ollowedeventually by a human mission to Mars.