The President's Budget Request (PBR) for NASA was released on 10 February 2020 and proposes $25.2 billion for the fiscal year (FY) 2021, an increase of 12% from the previous year. The increase is used to support an accelerated lunar program with a 2024 crewed landing goal.
The FY 2021 Presidential Budget Request
Orion Crew Vehicle
Safety, Security, & Mission Services
Construction and Environmental Compliance
NASA Inspector General
* The proposal renames the Space Technology Mission Directorate to the Exploration Technology Mission Directorate. All values are in millions of dollars. Directorate/top-level line-items are in boldface, divisions and major projects are in standard formatting; sub-programs are in italics. All major directorates are listed but not all sub-divisions or projects are included here.
NASA's budget during the Trump Administration. The vertical axis displays both NASA's total congressional appropriation in billions of dollars and the amount requested by the President. The horizontal axis is fiscal years. NASA's full budget history dataset is available to view or to download as an Excel spreadsheet.
Significant funding increases to support crewed lunar landing and surface operations by 2024.
Indefinitely defers upgraded second stage for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket (a.k.a. the Block 1b variant) to focus work on the Block 1a version, which serves NASA's immediate needs around the Moon.
"Proposes to launch the Europa Clipper on a commercial launch vehicle to save over $1.5 billion compared to using an SLS rocket."
"Funds Mars robotic exploration, including a Mars Sample Return mission and Mars Ice Mapper, as a precursor to human exploration."
$451 million for commercial and scientific lunar exploration, an increase of 50% from FY 2020.
Proposes termination of two astrophysics missions, WFIRST and SOFIA. The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is a top priority for the astrophysics community and is in development with a launch date of 2025. The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), an airborne observatory, is in active operations. The White House's official rationale for their cancellation is so NASA can "focus on higher priorities including completion of the James Webb Space Telescope." The James Webb telescope is struggling to meet its launch date and is billions of dollars over-budget.
"Termination of two Earth science missions (PACE and CLARREO-Pathfinder)." Both were proposed for cancellation but ultimately funded by Congress last year.
"Redirects funds from the Office of STEM Engagement's portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements to NASA's core mission of exploration."