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NASA budget proposal boosts commercial role in space station and moon missions
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The White House’s proposed five-year budget plan would provide a bigger boost to commercial space efforts, including a potential handover of operations on the International Space Station by 2025 and private-sector moon landings. It also calls for zeroing out funding for some high-profile Earth science missions, such as the Earth-watching DSCOVR satellite and the next Orbiting Carbon Observatory. NASA’s $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope is still go for launch next year, but the next-next-generation WFIRST space telescope would be canceled “due to significant cost and higher priorities.” Overall, NASA would receive $19.9 billion for the fiscal year beginning in… Read More read more
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