From NASA's Moon Program to Climate Science, Space Agency Adds Big Boost to the Economy
In the 64 years that it has been a federal agency,
NASA has been tasked with a variety of tasks, and overall, it has performed admirably. Obtain the moon before the Soviet Union? Check.
Why not construct a fleet of reusable space shuttl
es? Check. oversee a 15-nation alliance that constructed the International Space Station, which is the size of a football field? Check.
A very positive thing is that NASA has never been
asked to accomplish one thing that it cannot do, which is make a profit.
The money for the space agency flows only one way,
out, like it does for every other division of the government.
Additionally, there was a time when Congress was only too willing to write what seemed like indefinite checks to NASA to maintain funding its operations.
The space agency's budget in 1966, at the height o
f the race to the moon, was $5.9 billion, or $44.8 9 billion in 2022 dollars, or 4.4% of the overall federal budget.
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