Now that the Legislature has appropriated $1.2 million to help consolidate a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Life Support Research Center in Utah, the Board of Business and Economic Development wants the federal government to come up with the money to continue the project.

The board passed a resolution this week giving its "wholehearted support" of the project, which could bring millions of dollars into the state. The resolution asks the governor, the Legislature and the congressional delegation to "do all possible to achieve the appropriate funding of this important center."Lynn Blake, co-director of the Utah Division of Business and Economic Development, said he hoped NASA officials could find some money in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1991, so the project could get started soon after. He said the center will have between 50 and 100 employees, and although a location hasn't been selected yet, the University of Utah Research Park is a good possibility.

Blake said NASA decided to consolidate its life support research operations, now being done in several locations, in Utah because of the expected cooperation from Utah State University and the U.