NASA big winner in budget



The President's budget request for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration contains a dramatic increase of 24%, or $2.8 billion, over Fiscal Year 1990, bringing the total figure for FY 1991 to $15.1 billion. Of the $4.5 billion the administration has proposed in increases for civilian and defense R&D, NASA receives $2 billion. The largest single increase in the NASA budget is slated for Space Station Freedom, which increases by $700 million (36%) to a total of $2.6 billion. Other big increases go to the lunar/Mars initiative, which is up 47% to a total of $408 million, and the first element of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, the Earth Observing System (EOS), to receive $264 million.