The Sciences

Stimulated package

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitFeb 8, 2009 4:10 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

Good news! It looks like a lot of the science stimulus funding will stay in the economic package! Here's the breakdown:

NASA

So the package means NASA and the NSF each get over a billion dollars in additional funding, though apparently the Department of Energy office of science did not get any additional funding, which is a bummer (DOE did get $1B for energy efficiency research). NASA gets $500M for Shuttle replacement work, which is very badly needed, and $300M to go toward science (yay!). NSF gets a cool billion for research, which means lots and lots of scientists will be able to further our knowledge and make the world a better place. This bill will go up for vote on Monday. It may still get voted down, though I doubt it; lots of compromises were made (too many, perhaps), so IMO a filibuster is unlikely. With people hurting as much as they are right now, and a clear mandate for change that's swept the nation, anyone who looks obstructionist at this point is risking political suicide. We'll see how this plays out on Monday.

Science $300,000,000

Aeronautics $250,000,000

Shuttle Replacement $500,000,000

Cross-Agency Support (Construction) $250,000,000

Office of the Inspector General $2,000,000

Total = $1,302,000,000

National Science Foundation

Research and related activities $1,000,000,000

Major equipment and facilities construction $150,000,000

Education and human resources $50,000,000

Office of the Inspector General $2,000,000

Total = $1,202,000,000

Tip o' the majority whip to ScienceDebate2008.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2022 Kalmbach Media Co.