Trump wants NASA to focus on space missions
In what could herald a new era for NASA, US President-elect Donald Trump is set to cut the US space agency’s budget for climate change and let it focus on sending humans on deep space exploration missions like Mars, including another “giant leap” to the Moon. According to the Telegraph, Trump wants the agency to realign its goals for deep space missions rather than earth science research.
“NASA has been reduced to a logistics agency concentrating on space station resupply and politically correct environmental monitoring. We would start by having a stretch goal of exploring the entire solar system by the end of the century,” Bob Walker, who has advised Trump on space policy, told the Telegraph.
NASA’s Earth Science Division received $1.92 billion in funding this year, up nearly 30 per cent from the previous year. ”Its funding has gone up 50 percent under President Obama who proposed cutting support for deep space exploration by $840 million next year,” the report added. According to Space.com, NASA is committed to its current level of support for the space station through 2024. After that, funds could be put toward the agency’s efforts to send humans to more distant space locations.