In Today’s Deep Space Extra… An omnibus 2018 spending bill, with additional funds for NASA and other federal agencies, moves to the White House for the president’s signature. New science continues to emerge from the long running Cassini mission to Saturn.
Human Space Exploration
Congress passes $1.3 trillion FY 2018 omnibus spending bill: Includes NASA, NOAA
Spacepolicyonline.com (3/22): A compromise 2018 omnibus government appropriations measure, worked out in lieu of a formal federal budget earlier this week by U.S. House and Senate appropriators, passed both chambers on Thursday and early Friday to await President Trump’s signature. The $1.3 trillion measure would fund the entire government through September 31, the end of the current federal fiscal year, and end concerns of a government shutdown Friday at midnight. It includes $20.7 billion for NASA, $1.6 billion more than the original request.
Kennedy Space Center, NASA could get billion-dollar boost
Orlando Sentinel (3/22): The 2018 Omnibus appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House and Senate on Thursday and early Friday would significantly increase NASA’s budget for 2018. Spending on NASA Kennedy Space Center facilities supporting future human deep space exploration activities would double.
Omnibus bill increases funding for NOAA ...