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Informational Email 15 - NASA/NSF Budget
Marcos Huerta
John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
blog.aas.org


NASA and NSF released their FY 2010 Budget requests over the last few weeks. While the top line numbers are unchanged, the detailed budget requests have full details at the division and program level. Astronomy sees gains at NSF AST, as part of the overall NSF budget growth, and flat or decreasing numbers at NASA Science.

NASA FY 2010 Budget Request

Perhaps more significantly than the budget request, NASA and the White House announced a special commission to review plans for human space flight, which will be chaired by Norm Augustine. This committee will report sometime in the fall.

http://www.aip.org/fyi/2009/058.html

NASA Budget Page - http://www.nasa.gov/news/budget/index.html
Science Overview PDF - http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/345949main_2_Science_Overview_FY%202010_UPDATED_...


Science - Down 0.6 percent, or $26 million from $4.503 billion to $4.477 billion.
Earth Science - Up 1.8 percent, or $25 million from $1.38 billion to $1.405 billion.
Planetary Science - Up 1.5 percent, or $20 million from $1.326 billion to $1.346 billion.
Astrophysics - Down 7 percent, or $85 million from $1.206 billion to $1.121 billion.
Heliophysics - Up 2.3 percent, or $13.4 million from $591.6 million to $605 million

Within Astrophysics the FY 2010 breakdown is:

Astrophysics Research - $151.9 Million
Cosmic Origins - $667.2 Million
Physics of the Cosmos - $147.7 Million
Exoplanet Exploration - $46.2 Million
Astrophysics Explorer - $107.9 Million

Within Planetary Science:

Planetary Science Research - $161.7 Million
Lunar Quest Program - $103.6 Million (last year, this amount was
included in the Planetary Science Research line above)
Discovery - $247.0 Million
New Frontiers - $264.1 Million
Mars Exploration - $416.1 Million
Outer Planets - $98.6 Million
Technology - $89.0 Million


NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FY 2010 Budget Request

MPS Request - http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2010/pdf/22_fy2010.pdf
NSF FY 2010 budget table of contents -
http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2010/toc.jsp
Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction -
http://www.nsf.gov/about/budget/fy2010/pdf/30_fy2010.pdf

Astronomical Sciences FY 2010 request is $250.8 million, a 9.7% increase over the FY 2009 plan. This increase over FY 2009 does not include the $85.8 million that NSF estimates AST will receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus bill).

NSF AST:

The ATST (Advanced Technology Solar Telescope) initial construction is being funded with $146 million from the stimulus bill. Other ARRA (Stimulus) money estimated in AST (the stimulus was an FY 2009 supplemental) includes $61.2 Million of Research and Education grants, $6 million in Instrumentation, and $18.6 million toward facilities (NAIC, NOAO, NRAO), for a total of $85.8 million of ARRA money into AST (not including the MREFC money for construction of ATST).

Some FY 2010 numbers for specific NSF AST activities:

** Individual investigator program (+7.50 million, to a total of $57.0 million).
** CAREER program (+$1.0 million, to a total of $4.10 million).
** Instrumentation Activities (+$8.25 million, to a total of $31.53 million).
** Astronomy Facilities (+$7.51 million, to a total of $136.19 million).
* Changes are: Gemini Observatory (+$390,000, to a total of $19.10 million).
* NAIC (-$1.20 million, to a total of $8.40 million). AST support is reduced following the recommendation of the AST Senior Review.
* Combined NOAO/NSO (+$2.02 million, to a total of $41.60 million). Within this total, funding for NOAO primary operations and maintenance funding increases by $1.92 million to $27.50 million and the Telescope System Instrumentation Program (TSIP), administered through NOAO, increases by $1.0 million to $5.0 million in FY 2010.
* NSO funding decreases by $900,000 to $9.10 million, with the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) being funded from the Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction (MREFC) account.
* NRAO (-$270.000, to a total of $49.52 million) and ALMA operations ($+$6.57 million, to a total of $17.57 million).


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