Nasa updating technology for space travel
In the early 1950s, there was challenge to launch an artificial satellite for the International Geophysical Year (1957–58).
An effort for this was the American Project Vanguard.
NASA's FY 2011 budget of .4 billion represented about 0.5% of the .4 trillion United States federal budget during that year, or about 35% of total spending on academic scientific research in the United States. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (needs proper citation-link, numbers here differ from NASA Pocket Statistics), Air Force Association's Air Force Magazine 2007 Space Almanac Secondary references:    6.
According to the Office of Management and Budget and the Air Force Almanac, when measured in real terms (adjusted for inflation), the figure is 0.0 billion [Note: this total does not match the values of the table below, that shows 34.6 billion adjusted dollars in that period], or an average of .818 billion per year over its fifty-year history. CS, Year 1959-1968, 1989-1996, NASA Pocket Stats: https://gov/pocketstats/sect D/CS 7.
The agency was building up to the first moon landing; the Apollo program involved more than 34,000 NASA employees and 375,000 employees of industrial and university contractors.
Contractors, 1969: https://gov/SP-4102/ch5NASA's budget peaked in 1964-66, when it consumed roughly 4% of federal spending.“The data are so fresh that some of them are still coming off the sequencing machines,” Mason says.The challenge now is to untangle how many of the observed changes are specific to the physical demands of spaceflight — and how many might be simply due to natural variations.Seen in the year-by-year breakdown listed below, the total amounts (in nominal dollars) that NASA has been budgeted from 1958 to 2011 amounts to 6.178 billion [Note: this total does not match the values of the table below, that shows 8.2 billion nominal dollars in that period] —an average of .928 billion per year.By way of comparison, total spending over this period by the National Science Foundation was roughly one-fifth of NASA's expenditures: 1.5 billion, or billion a year.
with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science.