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Obama's NASA Budget Mirrors Last Year's Appropriations

February 13, 2012

He may have come close to matching last year's approved budget for NASA, but President Obama's expected budget proposals for the space agency are already eliciting criticism from Congress.

When the White House unveils its budget on Monday it is expected to ask for $17.7 billion for NASA with a slight drop from the $17.8 billion budget Congress approved last year, but it's a 5 percent cut compared to the $18.7 billion that Obama envisioned when he submitted his budget last year, according to Space.com.

Some departments would suffer more cutbacks than others. The budget for NASA's planetary science division, which studies other planets and moons, would be reduced by 20 percent from $1.5 billion to $1.2 billion. The cuts would end a joint NASA program with the European Space Agency to send probes to Mars.

Last year the House Appropriations Committee proposed up to $578 million in cuts from NASA, but members of Congress from states with NASA facilities had already voiced their opposition to Obama's plans.

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