NASA’s 2015 Budget Would Keep Staffing Levels Flat, Provide Stability

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Leaders at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center say President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget will keep funding about the same as the previous year.

During a media briefing Tuesday Marshall Director Patrick Scheuermann said he was happy with the budget and what it means for the North Alabama NASA operation.

“This is a good budget for Marshall Space Flight Center and it provides stability for our workforce, programs and projects,” Scheuermann said.

Patrick Scheuermann (Photo: NASA)

Patrick Scheuermann (Photo: NASA)

Under the budget Marshall Space Flight Center will receive a $2.15 billion the share of the president’s $17.5 billion NASA budget.

BY THE NUMBERS:

$1.4 billion – the amount the center will spend developing the heavy-lift rocket called the Space Launch System next year. It’s also “consistent with last year,” Scheuermann said.

$193 million – the amount budgeted for space operations at Marshall. The big item here is the Payload Operations Center where Marshall manages all science experiments aboard the International Space Station. That’s a 24/7/365 operation.

$41 million – the amount budgeted for Marshall’s technology work including its centennial challenges and similar programs.

$140 million – the amount budgeted for science at Marshall including solar research, climate research, meteoroid research and other programs.

$71 million – the amount budgeted for construction and revitalization on the center in 2015.

1 – the number of new buildings Marshall will open in FY 2015. It’s also the number of buildings Marshall will close and tear down and the number of historic buildings the center will finish refurbishing.

0 – The chance this White House budget will pass Congress as it stands now. Both houses will add here, cut there and eventually pass a budget.

WHNT News 19 news partners at The Huntsville Times/AL.com contributed to this report

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