Trump Administration Budget Aims Lunar Exploration

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It also adds $150 million for a new program to speed up the commercialization of low-Earth orbit, because, as previously reported, the White House would like to see NASA funding for the International Space Station end in 2025.

The White House will release its fiscal year 2019 budget for the space agency at 1pm ET today, and although Congress sets the budget for the United States, this document offers a good overview of the Trump administration's plans for NASA.

Acting director Lightfoot said the budget includes $150 million to begin "ramping up" efforts to encourage commercial partners - like SpaceX and Orbital ATK - to take over US space and science operations occurring in low-Earth orbit.

Next up for the Russians is the return of three station crew members aboard the Soyuz MS-06/52S spacecraft February 27, bringing outgoing station commander Alexander Misurkin and two NASA astronauts, Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba, back to a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to close out a 166-day stay in space. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. "Turning off the lights and walking away from our sole outpost in space at a time when we're pushing the frontiers of exploration makes no sense".

The plan to privatize the station is likely to run into a wall of opposition, especially since the United States has spent almost $100 billion to build and operate it.

NASA has supported the ISS for more than two decades and contributes between $3 billion and $4 billion to the project yearly.

It also calls for $10.5bn for "an innovative and sustainable campaign of exploration" leading to "the return of humans to the moon for long-term exploration and utilization followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations", according to a Nasa review.

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And NASA already relies on commercial providers - SpaceX and Orbital ATK - to launch and deliver cargo to the space station and plans to use commercially developed spacecraft built by SpaceX and Boeing to ferry astronauts to and from the outpost starting next year.

These lunar investments include building a "power and propulsion space tug" (whose cost and details remain unclear), a fleet of robotic moon rovers and landers, and a new technology program to engineer cheaper ways to get to the moon, and beyond.

The reason the Trump administration is taking a go-slow approach to the return to the moon is that it is unwilling to increase NASA's budget in any way for the foreseeable future.

According to The Washington Post, the USA government is hoping to make the Space Station a sort of real estate venture ran by private organizations.

SpaceX and Boeing, meanwhile, are developing crew capsules to fly astronauts to and from the space station within the next year.

But key USA legislators and space experts are expressing concern about the plan.

According to the Washington Post report, the Trump administration wants to extend the public-private partnership one step further to encourage "the emergence of an environment in [low-Earth orbit] where NASA is one of many customers of a non-governmental human space flight managed and operated enterprise, while providing a smooth and uninterrupted transition". Among them: the proposed end of WFIRST, a telescope with 100 times the field of view of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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