In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA spending climbs in 2018 omnibus appropriations bill intended to prevent a Friday shutdown of the U.S. federal government. U.S., Russian trio heads toward a docking with the International Space Station on Friday afternoon.
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NASA receives $20.7 billion in omnibus appropriations bill
Space News (3/22): U.S. House and Senate appropriators hope to avoid a shutdown of the federal government on Friday with a 2018 omnibus spending bill. The bill includes $20.7 billion for NASA for the 2018 fiscal year ending September 31, $1.6 billion more than the White House sought during its original budget request and more than it seeks for NASA in 2019. The new measure provides $2.15B for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, $1.35B for the Orion spacecraft, and funds a second Mobile Launch Platform for SLS to be built at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center, hardware that could help to shorten the gap between the first two test flights of SLS and Orion. The planetary science program would receive $2.2 billion, a $300 million increase. Nearly $600 million would go to a flyby and follow on lander mission to Jupiter’s ice and ocean covered moon, Europa, which may ...