In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress begins to address NASA’s proposed 2020 budget and its supplement and efforts to accelerate a human return to the lunar surface. China’s lunar south pole rover confirms the Moon has a crust and mantle.
Human Space Exploration
Administration asks for authority to shift money within NASA to pay for Moon program
Spacepolicyonline.com (5/17): Under the $1.6 billion 2020 budget supplement presented to Congress by the Trump administration early this week, NASA’s administrator could move funds between accounts to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024. The authority, which would apply to appropriations in prior and future years as well, is meeting with resistance from some lawmakers. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who chairs the House, Science, Space and Technology Committee, called the proposed provision unsustainable.
House appropriators take a pass on NASA budget amendment
SpaceNews.com (5/16): The U.S. House Appropriations Committee released a 2020 spending bill Thursday that adds more than $1 billion to the Trump administration’s original $21 billion request for NASA. But it falls short of addressing the exploration needs presented to lawmakers Monday by the White House in a $1.6 billion supplement intended to ...