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Stimulus 2009 NASA Appropriations (05-15-09)

Science received significant one-time appropriations in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA; H.R. 1; Public Law 111-5). Science agencies are now starting to release their reports and plans for the stimulus spending. All agencies that receive one-time funds are required to submit a plan with spending specifics to Congress within 60 days of enactment. In addition all agencies will be tracking the stimulus spending in separate accounts and providing updates on the uses of the stimulus spending. The Administration is also tracking stimulus spending for all federal programs at their website.

Geoscience-related programs covered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) stimulus funding include the Earth Science Division within the Science Mission Directorate. Below are updates of stimulus spending plans, provided as the agencies release information and use the funds.

Stimulus 2009 Updates

Update on Overall Stimulus Spending for NASA (2-17-09)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): $1 billion

NASA – NASA will receive $400 million for Science, $150 million for Aeronautics, $400 million for Exploration and $50 million for Cross Agency Support. Much of the investment in science is expected to go toward Earth observations related to improving our understanding of climate change.

Geosciences within NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 to conduct space and aeronautical research, development, and flight activities for peaceful purposes designed to maintain United States preeminence in aeronautics and space. NASA's unique mission of exploration, discovery, and innovation is intended to preserve the United States' role as both a leader in world aviation and as the pre-eminent space-faring nation. It is NASA's mission to: advance human exploration, use and development of space; advance and communicate scientific knowledge and understanding of the Earth, the Solar System and the Universe; and research, develop, verify and transfer advanced aeronautics and space technologies. The geoscience community is most interested in the Earth science observations conducted within the Science Mission Directorate within four themes (Earth Science, Planetary Science, Heliophysics and Astrophysics).

Sources: NASA Budget Information website.

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Prepared by Linda Rowan and Corina Cerovski-Darriau, AGI Government Affairs Staff.

Last Update May 15, 2009.

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