This chart doesn't even convey the true downfall of NASA's budget since it arbitrarily starts in 1977 instead of 1958 when NASA was founded. A full history of the NASA budget reveals a massive peak in spending at about 5.5% of the total federal budget in 1966 with an overall decline ever since (with bumps by Regan and Bush I).
Yes, that thought passed through my frontal cortex when I stumbled on the chart earlier today. I've already complained to the authors. Seems typical of those folks who believe the world began some time around the year they were born.
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