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NASA Budget FY22: US Admin Makes Largest Proposal; Netizens Compare Agency With SpaceX

Joe Biden's Budget request for NASA is USD 24.8 Billion for fiscal year 2022. The largest-ever request for NASA is a 6.6% increase from previous allocation.

NASA fy22 budget

The United States President Joe Biden administration has given a proposal of USD 24.8 Billion Budget for National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) for the fiscal year (FY) 2022. The Biden-Harris administration's funding proposal is the largest ever request for NASA. NASA is an independent agency of the US federal government which is responsible for the civilian space programmes and researches pertaining to space and aeronautics.

"This budget request is evidence that NASA’s missions contribute to the administration’s larger goals for America: addressing climate change, promoting equity, and driving economic growth," NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in his statement.

Joe Biden's FY 2022 funding request for NASA marks a 6.6 per cent increase from previous allocations. NASA Administrator shared the information on his official Twitter handle and credited the President's proposal as recognition for NASA as the most reputed agency which contributes to the administration's goals, such as climate change, diplomacy, equity, economic growth, purposes of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and more.

Bill Nelson lauded the Budget proposed and stated NASA is uniquely positioned to help the world understand and mitigate climate change. NASA took to Twitter to establish the same.

FY 2022 Budget Request- an investment in America's future

Deeming the funding request an investment in America's future, Bill Nelson said NASA activities contribute to local and national economies, invest in next-generation through STEM education, and are essential to American leadership universally. According to him, the Budget allocation of this size will increase investment in climate research and science programmes.

“This FY 2022 budget, along with continued bipartisan support for NASA’s goals and missions, will empower NASA and the United States to lead humanity into the next era in exploration – an era in which government and the private sector partner to take us farther than ever before – to the Moon, to Mars, and beyond – and to expand science, economic growth, and well-being here on Earth," read NASA's press release.

NASA FY 2022 Request priorities include:

  • Addressing the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
  • Promoting Racial and Economic Equity
  • Landing first woman and first person of colour on the Moon
  • Broadening participation by historically underserved communities in STEM
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in NASA grants
  • Restoring America’s Global Standing
  • Boosting Economic Growth

Netizens Respond

NASA FY 2022 Budget request of $24.8 billion obviously took netizens by surprise and impressed them too. While few responded to the news gleefully, others resort to humour to welcome the big news.

 

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