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Trump Eyes Half Billion Dollar Cut in NASA’s Budget

19 May 2017, 20:33 UTC
Trump Eyes Half Billion Dollar Cut in NASA’s Budget
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President Donald Trump would cut $561 million from NASA’s budget for fiscal year 2018 under a spending plan set for release next week, according to a leaked budget document.
NASA would see its budget reduced from $19.6 billion this year to just below $19.1 billion. The space agency received just under $19.3 billion in fiscal year 2016.
The total budget is close to the $19.1 billion contained in a budget blueprint the Trump Administration released in March. The blue print provided guidance for the formal buedget proposal to be released next week.
The Third Way policy think tank published a leaked spreadsheet dated May 8 that details the president’s proposed budget. The figures for NASA included top-level spending amounts by category without going into individual programs such as Orion and Commercial Crew.
The table below shows that reductions are spread across the agency, with three exceptions.


FY 2018 PBR


Space Operations (ISS, Commercial Crew)
$4.95 billion
$4.74 billion
-$210 million

Exploration (SLS, Orion, Ground Systems)
$4.324 billion
$3.934 billion
-$390 million

$5.765 billion
$5.712 billion
-$53 million

Space Technology
$686.5 million
$678.6 million
-$6.9 million

$660 million

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