White House requests $26 billion for NASA for 2023

The Biden administration’s fiscal year 2023 budget proposal seeks nearly $26 billion for NASA, with increases for exploration, Earth science and space technology.

NASA budget documents released shortly after the White House revealed few major new initiatives.

 Instead, funding would be increased to support ongoing initiatives, from the Artemis lunar exploration effort to science missions and space technology.

It’s a signal of support of our missions and a new era of exploration and discovery, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in State of NASA speech about the budget March 28 at the Kennedy Space Center.

The agency is seeking more than $2.4 billion for Earth science, an increase of nearly $350 million from what it received for 2022. 

Much of that increase would go to support work on the Earth System Observatory, a series of missions intended to implement recommendations of the Earth science decadal survey.

In planetary science, NASA’s Mars Sample Return would get $822.2 million, up from $653 million in 2022. 

The budget proposal confirms plans to split the Sample Retrieval Lander into two separate landers and delay their launch from 2026 to 2028.

NASA FY 2023 budget proposal (amounts in millions)

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