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The 10 Nations That Spend The Most On Space Exploration

The phrase “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” has been immortalized ever since astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first space explorer to step foot on the moon in July of 1969. While t

The phrase “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” has been immortalized ever since astronaut Neil Armstrong was the first space explorer to step foot on the moon in July of 1969. While the Apollo 11 shuttle launch and subsequent mission to the moon were a massive moment in the exploration of space, it is a fact that many powerful nations were spending vast amounts of money on space exploration before and after that historic journey. What is also a fact is that the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the two nations that still spend the most money on their space programs are the same two that were involved in the space race during the moon landing in 1969. While in 2014 space exploration has become less of a priority for most of these nations, and global funding has actually decreased by nearly $2 billion over the past two years, some countries still invest a large portion of their financial resources into maintaining, and in some cases growing, their space programs. Here is a list of the top ten countries that spend the most on space exploration.

10 Canada: $488 million

Via en.wikipedia.org

9 India: $1.1 billion

Via theguardian.com

8 China: $1.3 billion

Via collectspace.com

7 Italy: $1.8 billion

Via eosnap.com

6 Germany: $2 billion

Via wired.com

5 Japan: $2.4 billion

Via nasa.gov

4 France: $2.5 billion

Via en.wikipedia.org

3 Europe: $5.5 billion

Via archive.eurescom.eu

2 Russia: over $7.7 billion

Via worldofortix.blogspot.com

1 United States: $18 billion

Via worldofortix.blogspot.com

No surprise here, as the United States has been the leader in space exploration and budget spent on such exploration since man first had the notion of travelling to the stars. NASA, the American space program, was founded in 1958, and has researched and developed nearly all facets of space exploration since. Although NASA’s budget has actually decreased since 2009, the $18 billion spent by NASA today still leads the globe by a wide margin. Historically, NASA is known for being at the forefront of the development of the Space Shuttle, the Apollo program that landed a man on the Moon, and the Skylab space station. Today, NASA continues to use its budget to further explore the outer reaches of space with missions that see NASA orbiting not only Mercury but also Jupiter and Pluto as well, firmly cementing the agency as the global leader in space exploration.

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