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Trump’s Proposed FY2019 Budget To Gut NASA Astrophysics, Destroying Cutting-Edge Science

19 Feb 2018, 20:01 UTC
Trump’s Proposed FY2019 Budget To Gut NASA Astrophysics, Destroying Cutting-Edge Science
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An artist’s rendition of a potentially habitable exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star. WFIRST is one of our best bets for learning more about the Universe, and the planets within it that may be similar to Earth and other Solar System worlds. The FY 2019 budget proposal, just released by the Trump administration, not only kills multiple NASA Earth Science missions and the Office of Education, but ends NASA’s flagship mission of the 2020s. Image credit: NASA Ames / JPL-Caltech.There’s no way to frame this as anything other than a disaster for humanity.This article was originally written one week ago, on the day the FY2019 budget was released by the Trump administration.Today, February 12th, 2018, is a turning point in the story of the United States of America. Like any other year, the President’s proposal for the next year’s budget was sent to congress for approval. (Full text available here.) However, unlike in most years, this budget contains some radical and unilateral changes to major agencies, including NASA. While there’s a lot to parse here, there are three major changes happening to our space program:Five NASA Earth Science missions,WFIRST, NASA’s flagship astrophysics mission for the 2020s,and NASA’s office of education,are all ...

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