NASA’s 2020 Budget Request Aims to Speed Lunar Exploration

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NASA is expected to request a budget increase of more than $500 million for moon exploration and related programs in 2020, partly to accelerate collaboration between the government and industry on proposed lunar landers, according to people familiar with the details.

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  • Publisher: WSJ
  • Date: 2019-03-10T03:30:00.000Z
  • Author: Andy Pasztor
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NASA Is Rushing to the Moon

Since 1969, 12 men have walked on the moon’s surface, leaving boot prints in the fine slate dust. In 1972, as the crew of the last lunar mission flew home, President Richard Nixon predicted, ‘This may be the last time in this century that men will walk on the moon.’ Several presidents since have promised to put American astronauts on the moon again, someday, and the desire to return has not faded.

There are no Cold War tensions to push Americans to the moon in this century. But there is a rush. The Trump administration has moon fever, and with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing just around the corner, NASA is in a hurry.

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  • Publisher: The Atlantic
  • Date: 2019-02-26T12:33:48-05:00
  • Author: Marina Koren
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Newly signed funding bill gives NASA’s budget a significant boost

After enduring the longest government shutdown in history, NASA stands to receive a big boost in funding for fiscal year 2019, thanks to a new budget bill signed by President Trump today. The legislation, which funds the federal government through September 30th, 2019, would give NASA $21.5 billion ‘ an increase over last year’s budget of $20.7 billion and much more than the $19.9 billion the agency asked for.

Practically every major program within NASA will receive a boost. The agency’s science programs, which cover planetary missions and Earth science, will receive a total $6.9 billion, up from $6.2 billion from last year. The human exploration program will get $5 billion, while it got $4.79 billion in 2018.

NASA eager to soon camp on the Moon

US: NASA is accelerating plans to return Americans to the Moon and this time, the US space agency says it will be there to stay. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, told reporters recently that the agency plans to speed up plans backed by President Donald Trump to return to the moon, using private companies.

“It’s important that we get back to the moon as fast as possible,” said Bridenstine in a meeting at NASA’s Washington headquarters, adding he hoped to have astronauts back there by 2028. “This time, when we go to the Moon, we’re actually going to stay. We’re not going to leave flags and footprints and then come home to not go back for another 50 years,” he said.

  • Publisher: The Asian Age
  • Date: Feb 16, 2019, 11:30 pm IST
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