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Exploring NASA's Projected Budget can be enlightening. We can see how money is spent, how much is spent and why it is spent. This will help us learn more about why space exploration costs so much.

Go through NASA's Budget and try to find patterns for what is happening and where all of the money is going.

See if you can find how much money they are requesting over the next few years. Is this increasing? Decreasing? What are three reasons you think this pattern is happening?

NASA Budget 2010.pdf

NOTE: There will be questions and an activity for students to follow so that it is more structured and allows them to learn about NASA spending. It will also be connected to the lesson on where NASA's budget actually comes from.