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NASA's Planetary Science Division Funding and Number of Missions 2003 - 2019

Filed under FY2014 NASA Budget, Space Policy

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NASA's Planetary Science Division Funding and Number of Missions 2003 - 2019 Funding for planetary exploration at NASA mapped against the number of missions in development, adjusted for inflation. Updated with NASA's FY2015 Budget Request by the White House.

Lori Dajose/Michael Wong/Casey Dreier for the Planetary Society

The above plot displays the overall budget of NASA's Planetary Science Division, which builds and maintains all solar system spacecraft. The large drop in funding in 2013 was due to the White House requesting major cuts to the program combined with the sequester.

Before the cuts (2003 - 2012):

After the cuts (2013 - 2019):

This means that NASA's Planetary Science Division suffers an average cut of $250 million, and its launch rate is cut in half. That means fewer missions of exploration and less science.

The Planetary Society advocates for a return to the historical level of funding for this program: $1.5 billion per year.

To learn more about what you can do to help reverse these cuts, visit our Be a Space Advocate section and contact your elected officials.

Data Details

Total amounts are adjusted for inflation and set to constant 2014 dollars according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' CPI calculator. The years 2003 - 2013 are the actual amounts spent by NASA. The year 2014 is the amount allocated to NASA for Planetary Science by Congress.

Total amounts are adjusted to retain programmatic consistency, in order to make a better "apples-to-apples" comparison:

Future missions in development are (from the FY2015 Budget request):

Raw data for this chart are located on this public Google Spreadsheet.

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Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about March 6, 2014

 

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