2018 NASA Budget – A Highlight?

The budget for NASA has been announced, and approved, with not very many surprises if we’re honest. One of the biggest talking points, however, was the 5% reduction in spend on the Earth Sciences division, resulting in the cancellation of 4 missions. While many have criticised Trump and his evident ignorance of climate change (understandably), I’m of the opinion that he’s got this one right.

There are many government-led & independent organisations currently studying climate change and weather patterns on Earth (NOAA, NWS & the WMO to name but a few). It should not be in the remit of a space agency to be focusing such a large proportion of their budget to the same task, with very much the same results. We all know climate change is happening (except maybe for Mr. Trump), so lets move on.

“I will free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistics agency for low-Earth orbit activity—big deal. Instead, we will refocus its mission on space exploration. Under a Trump Administration, Florida and America will lead the way into the stars.”

“A cornerstone of my policy is we will substantially expand public private partnerships to maximize the amount of investment and funding that is available for space exploration and development. This means launching and operating major space assets, right here, that employ thousands and spur innovation and fuel economic growth.”

via Donald Trump | The Planetary Society

While he may seem to be a blind man walking around in a dark room with most of his policies, it looks like maybe he’s heading in the right direction with this one, at least?

Anton Kossmann

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