By getting rid of global warming and earth science missions instituted by the Obama administration, President Donald Trump’s new budget will increase NASA’S science program by $134 million.
Even though NASA’s $19.1 billion budget is slightly lower than it was in 2017, spending on space exploration missions and technology development programs will be increased in 2018.
NASA will reportedly “seek to answer fundamental questions concerning the global Earth system; other planets in the solar system and around other stars; the connections among the Sun, Earth, and heliosphere; and the origin and evolution of planetary systems, the galaxy, and the universe, including the origin and distribution of life in the universe.”
The Obama administration, on the other hand, was more concerned with finding out how the Earth’s climate and the environment was changing, while enduring questions about “the final frontier,” like the existence of life on other planets and how the universe works, were given much less importance.
Stating that NASA’s goals should be achieved through “robotic flight missions, ground-based scientific research and data analysis, and the development of new technologies for future missions,” the proposed budget could save hundreds of millions of dollars by eliminating ocean and global warming research missions as well as the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).
NASA’s education budget would also be reduced by $78 million in the next year.
The new budget would also fund development of the Space Launch System Mars rocket and its Orion capsule with $3.7 billion as plans to build a “deep space gateway” around the moon could eventually send astronauts to Mars.
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