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Trump’s Plan To Destroy NASA Science Laid Bare In FY2020 Budget

19 Mar 2019, 14:01 UTC
Trump’s Plan To Destroy NASA Science Laid Bare In FY2020 Budget
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A wide-field image of the Tarantula Nebula, taken by Hubble, showcases the remnant of recent, nearby supernova 1987a and its surroundings. Whereas our combined datasets from the past 30+ years have given us hundreds of supernovae out to many billions of light years, WFIRST will get us many thousands of supernovae out to distances never-before-reached by our observatories today. There is no substitute for the science it can accomplish. (NASA, ESA, AND R. KIRSHNER (HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS AND GORDON AND BETTY MOORE FOUNDATION) AND P. CHALLIS (HARVARD-SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR ASTROPHYSICS))If your goal was to destroy the science of astronomy and astrophysics, this is exactly how you’d do it.One of the perks of being President of the United States of America is that you get to submit your budget recommendations to the US Congress before any decisions are made. While it’s up to Congress to make the budget and the President to sign it into law, the recommendations for the next fiscal year are where the administration gets to set their agenda and announce to the world the direction it wants to go in.Last year, the Trump administration proposed cutting a number of Earth Science missions, ending NASA Astrophysics’ flagship ...

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