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Obama Administration Proposes Increases for NASA and Energy Department Budgets

NASA's FY 2011 budget would increase to US$19 billion, up 1.5% from $18.7 billion. In addition, the budget would set the agency on a trajectory to increase by about $6 billion between FY 2011 and FY 2015. Within the overall budget, the Science account would increase to $5 billion (up from $4.5 billion), with Earth Science receiving $1.8 billion (up a whopping 29% from $1.4 billion) in FY 2011 and approximately an additional $1.8 billion between FY 2011 and FY 2014. Planetary Science would get $1.49 billion (up from $1.34 billion), Heliophysics would increase slightly to $642 million from $627 million, and Astrophysics would dip to $1.08 billion from $1.1 billion.