In 2005 NASA had a budget of $16.2 billion; this includes not only the human spaceflight division, but also other engineering projects, and science funded by NASA. The total federal spending budget in 2005 was on the order of $2 trillion ($2000 billion), making the NASA share 0.8% of the budget.
We have gotten ourselves into quite a predicament. Yes indeed. It's time for us to go deeper in our problem solving in the hope of producing a more favorable outcome.
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