NASA and the Pentagon plan to spend about $44 billion through 2018 to launch satellites and other spacecraft, according to the Government Accountability Office. The GAO looked into space launch funding at the request of Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., who sit on the investigations subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The GAO said in a letter to the senators that it hoped the information would help "inform plans to lower launch costs, increase competition, and invest in new programs."
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