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Today’s Deep Space Extra

16 Dec 2019, 15:04 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A U.S. House/Senate budget compromise released late Monday falls short of the money sought by NASA to work with the commercial sector to develop landers to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024. A new map of the Martian surface points to significant subsurface water ice deposits.
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NASA to receive $22.6 billion in fiscal year 2020 spending billSpaceNews.com (12/16): Congressional appropriators on Monday disclosed a more than $22.66 billion 2020 fiscal year spending measure for NASA. NASA’s exploration programs get a little more than $6 billion in the bill, which adopted the Senate’s funding levels for Orion, the Space Launch System and Exploration Ground Systems. However, it cut exploration research and development work by more than $200 million, to $1.435 billion.The provision falls short of the amount sought by NASA for the human lunar lander portion of the budget in order to achieve the Artemis initiative, an accelerated human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The new figure allocates only $600 million for advanced cislunar and lunar surface capabilities. Nonetheless, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine praised the effort by Congress and pledged to continue working towards ...

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