In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The White House budget request for the 2020 fiscal year goes to Congress on Monday. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is to update NASA workers on the agency’s Moon/Mars human exploration plans. NASA/SpaceX mark a favorable end to their six day Demo-1 test flight to the International Space Station (ISS).
Human Space Exploration
NASA’s 2020 budget request aims to speed lunar exploration
Wall Street Journal (3/9): The White House is set to submit its 2020 fiscal year budget proposal to Congress on Monday. The spending plan would increase spending on NASA’s efforts to make a sustained return to the Moon with U.S. commercial partners, placing astronauts on the surface by 2024, four years earlier than the current goal, according to the report, which cites sources familiar with the strategy. The spending plan calls for a transition of NASA’s oversight of the International Space Station (ISS) to the private sector by 2025, a deadline Congress has previously opposed. The 2020 fiscal year begins October 1. (Editor’s note: This story is behind a paywall. The President’s budget request – which includes the request for NASA – is scheduled to be released today at 11:30 am. NASA Administrator Jim ...