In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA’s 2019 budget proposal emphasizes human space exploration with greater commercial participation. The White House spending plan sets the stage for cancellation of a major space telescope and Earth science activities that could fuel opposition. U.K. industry urges the British government to establish a national space program to foster growth.
Human Space Exploration
Trump administration refocuses NASA on human exploration, WFIRST is a casualty
Spacepolicyonline.com (2/13): The administration’s $19.9 billion budget proposal for 2019 includes $10.5 billion for human space related activities. However, a windfall of $300 million from last week’s budget deal with Congress falls away, and the agency can expect flat budgets of $19.6 million annually thereafter, a factor that will pace pledges of returning humans to the lunar environment and transition International Space Station activities to a commercial setting. NASA’s proposed human Deep Space Gateway (DSG) is renamed the Lunar Orbiting Platform-Gateway, whose first element would be launched in 2022. Still in the conceptual phase, the WFIRST space telescope would be cancelled along with NASA’s office of education. Expect bipartisan opposition, say some lawmakers. With comments from the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration.
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