Travel Budget

NASA's budget for fiscal year 2014 will be $17.7 billion -- enough to fund measurement of Earth's polar ice, upkeep of unmanned data missions as far away as Saturn, and preparations for asteroid search-and-relocate and the launch of a manned trip to Mars. This image shows the intense gravity of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy some 850 million light-years from Earth, in a composite made on May 15 as a culmination of three NASA projects -- Chandra X-Ray Observatory, launched in 1999; Hubble Telescope, launched in 1990; and the earthbound Very Large Array of astronomical radio observatories in New Mexico, finished in 1980.

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