BY THE NUMBERS: SPENDING ON SPACE

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

$19.7 billion

NASA's R&D outlays, in 2009 dollars, for the 1969 fiscal year

$8.5 billion

NASA's R&D spending for the 2007 fiscal year

49,232

Fewer NASA employees in 2008 than in 1969 (about 169,113 now to 218,345 then)

57%

The percentage of the federal space budget that the Defense Department used in 2007, up from 33 percent in 1969

0.6%

The share of the federal budget that NASA receives. In the mid-1960s, at the height of the Apollo program, it received just under 4 percent.

SOURCE: Aerospace Industries Association


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