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A Space Program Built to Last: NASA’s 2013 Budget
Mason PeckNASA's Chief Technologist Mason Peck
In February, NASA announced its fiscal year 2013 budget request, a blueprint sustaining an ambitious program of space exploration that will build on new technologies as well as proven capabilities to expand America’s leadership and humankind’s reach into the solar system.

As NASA seeks to explore, discover and improve life on Earth, it also is creating new American jobs and inspiring the next generation of scientists, technologists, astronauts and engineers. The FY 2013 budget proposal supports cutting-edge aeronautics and space technology innovations, research and development that will help fuel the nation’s economy for years to come.

“Technology and innovation at NASA are central to our mission, and central to what the nation needs,” said NASA’s Chief Technologist Mason Peck.

Peck provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on keeping America competitive through R&D investments. Peck will explain how a portion of the 2013 budget request allocated to NASA’s Space Technology program is supporting that mission.

The NASA Space Technology program is building, testing and flying the technologies required for NASA’s future missions. This program—focused on both the near-term, mission-driven and long-range, transformative innovations—will drive advances in new high-payoff space technologies such as laser communications and zero-gravity propellant transfer.

These technologies will expand America’s capabilities in the skies and in space, support economic vitality, lower the cost of other government and commercial space activities, and help to create new jobs and expand opportunities for a skilled workforce.

Tough but sustainable choices in the FY 2013 budget provide stability and continuity to existing priority programs while setting the pace for the future of space exploration.

“This budget in-sources jobs, creates capabilities here at home—and strengthens our workforce, all while opening the next great chapter in American exploration,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “And as we reach for new heights in space, we’re creating new jobs right here on Earth, helping to support an economy that’s built to last.”

The NASA budget and supporting information are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/budget.

Peck’s full testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/Peck-Testimony.