(Cross posted from “the Lobby“) Okay, since we seem to have a strong interest in budgets, and federal tax dollars, I thought I would provide a link to the NASA Budget request for 2007. If you download the “full” budget request document, a 5.1 mb pdf file, that the total budget request is 16,792.3 million, or 16.9 Billion dollars. Now, we might be concerned about how effectively they use their dollars, the total request is barely more than half of the money apparently lost to rebuild Iraq. Hmmmm… Perhaps, if NASA was a tad bit more enterprising, they would offer to help find the money, and seek a 10% finder’s fee. What could NASA do with another 3 Billion?
I also would recommend that the interested reader go through the budget, as well as the various performance and accountability reports. Admittedly NASA, like and good agency, is in “salesman” mode, but they have done great things with their dollars, and are planning greater things further down the road.
I, for one, am excited about the CEV, and the “Moon, Mars, and Beyond” effort.
Oh, and while I mentioned it in a comment, I wanted to be sure to put the plug in here as well for the Planetary Society and their podcast. Always interesting, and if you make it to the last 5 minutes of each podcast, quite educational AND entertaining!