In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A new White House U.S. National Space Strategy is to underpin U.S. leadership in space operations and exploration. The new 2018 omnibus appropriations measure boosts work on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and planetary science. Scheduled to launch soon, NASA’s TESS mission will seek new extra solar planets like Earth. NASA’s Curiosity rover passes the 2,000th Martian day mark.
Human Space Exploration
Space Launch System (SLS), planetary exploration get big boosts in NASA budget
Spaceflightnow.com (3/23): President Trump on Friday signed a $1.3 trillion federal, 2018 Omnibus appropriations bill, hours after the measure passed the U.S. Senate and a day after passage by the House. The spending measure includes $20.7 billion for NASA, or $1.6 billion more than the original White House request for 2018. Major beneficiaries include the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule, both cornerstones of U.S. efforts to resume human deep space exploration. Also, in addition to funding for the Europa Clipper flyby mission, the spending measure continues work on a Europa lander, an initiative cancelled by the former 2018 White House budget request. Europa is an ice and ocean covered moon of Jupiter with signs of geological activity.