US proposes $19 bn budget for NASA in 2017

Washington, Feb 10 (IANS) US President Barak Obama has proposed $19 billion for the US space agency in the fiscal 2017 budget – a little less that $19.3 billion NASA received for the fiscal 2016.

According to the initial numbers released by NASA, while $5.6 billion are earmarked for science, $3.3 billion are for deep-space exploration programmes like Mars.

The proposed budget also lists $5.1 billion for space operations, including $1.4 billion for upkeep of the International Space Station (ISS) and $1.2 billion for the Commercial Crew programme to replace the space shuttle, the US space agency said in a statement.

“The $19 billion budget, as proposed, would shift some funds from NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion programmes to aeronautics and space technology, in addition to the overall cuts, while also move funds within the agency’s science account,” spacenews.com reported.

The decrease in NASA budget is partly due to Obama’s proposal to cut $840 million from deep-space exploration programmes and $100 million from planetary science.

“This imbalanced proposal continues to tie our astronauts’ feet to the ground and makes a Mars mission all but impossible,” Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said in a statement.

“This is not the proposal of an administration that is serious about maintaining America’s leadership in space,” Smith added.

In a “State of NASA” speech at the agency’s Langley Research Centre, NASA administrator Charles Bolden made no specific mention of those cuts.

“We’ll continue to make great progress on the SLS,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here