NASA funding would grow to $16,792.3 million under President Bush's
FY 2007 budget request. If FY 2006 emergency supplemental funding for
hurricane recovery is eliminated, this represents an increase of 3.2%,
or $169.3 million. The largest growth would be experienced by Exploration
Systems, focusing on development of a new Crew Exploration Vehicle to
replace the space shuttle and support the Vision for Space Exploration.
Funding for NASA's science programs would grow slightly, while education
programs, aeronautics research, and exploration capabilities would all
receive cuts. In his budget briefing statement, NASA Administrator Mike
Griffin called the request "a modest investment to extend the frontiers
of space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.
With it, we enhance American leadership, our safety and security, and
our global economic competitiveness."
Below are brief highlights of the NASA budget request. Further information,
including Griffin's statement, charts, and detailed explanations of
each Directorate's projects and plans, as well as prior-year budgets,
can be found on NASA's web site at http://www.nasa.gov/about/budget/index.html.
SCIENCE, AERONAUTICS AND EXPLORATION DIRECTORATE: Up 8.3%, or
$803.1 million, from $9,721.3 million to $10,524.4 million.
SCIENCE: Within the Science, Aeronautics and Exploration
Directorate, the Science account, comprising the themes of Solar System
Exploration, Universe, and Earth-Sun System, would receive an increase
of 1.5%, or $76.3 million, from $5,253.7 million to $5,330.0 million.
Griffin noted in his statement that the agency's "budget for space
and Earth Science has seen significant budget increases for over a decade,
far surpassing any growth in NASA's top-line budgets during those years.
For FY 2007-11, we cannot afford such growth for science within the
context of a top-line budget that is growing at essentially the rate
of inflation. Thus, NASA's science budget will grow by 1.5 percent in
FY 2007 and 1 percent thereafter between 2008 and 2011."
EXPLORATION SYSTEMS: Also within the Science, Aeronautics
and Exploration Directorate, this account, which includes the Crew Exploration
Vehicle and Crew Launch Vehicle projects as well as research and technology
for human systems and exploration systems, would grow by 30.4%, or $928.2
million, from $3,050.1 million to $3,978.3 million.
EDUCATION: Also included in the Science, Aeronautics
and Exploration Directorate, under "Cross-Agency Support Programs,"
is Education. NASA Education programs would be cut by 5.6%, or $9.1
million, from $162.4 million to $153.3 million.
EXPLORATION CAPABILITIES DIRECTORATE: Down 4.4%, or $635.3 million,
from $6,869.7 million to $6,234.4 million. This directorate includes
funding for the space shuttle and the International Space Station. Funding
for the space station would be increased by 3.3%, to $1,811.3 million.
Griffin's statement includes comments about cuts to space station research,
designation of the station as a National Laboratory in the NASA authorization
bill, and attempts to complete station assembly with as few shuttle
flights as possible, so the shuttle can be retired in 2010.