Each year, the United States Congress
passes a Federal Budget detailing where federal tax money will be spent in the coming fiscal year.
The following charts detail the amount of federal funding allotted to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA
) each year over its past fifty year history (1958–2008) to operate aeronautics
research, unmanned planetary and manned space exploration
Annual budget, 1958-2010
Seen in the year-by-year breakdown listed below, the total amounts (in nominal dollars
) that NASA has been budgeted from 1958 to 2008 amounts to $471.23 billion dollars—an average of $9.06 billion per year. By way of comparison, total spending over this period by the National Science Foundation
was roughly one-fourth of NASA's expenditures: $101.5 billion, or $2 billion a year. NASA's FY 2008 budget of $17.318 billion represents about 0.6% of the $2.9 trillion United States federal budget
during the year, or about 35% of total spending on academic scientific research in the United States.
According to the Office of Management and Budget and the Air Force Almanac, when measured in real terms (adjusted for inflation), the figure is $790.0 billion, or an average of $15.818 billion dollars per year over its fifty year history (NASA's 2011 budget is on a continuing resolution of the 2010 budget at $18.724 billion).
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