The president’s NASA budget slashes programs and cancels a powerful rocket upgrade

<em>An artistic rendering of the SLS Block 1 launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.</em>” src=”https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Fi2YFfUcwT0xlaHBb1gRgdEsuF0=/234×0:2766×1688/1310×873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63219210/sls_block1_aerial_launch.0.jpg”></p><p>The president’s budget request for NASA maintains the administration’s focus on sending astronauts back to the Moon within the next decade, and it <a href=gives the space agency $21 billion for fiscal year 2020. But while that top-line budget is a slight increase from what the president requested for NASA last year, it’s ultimately a decrease from the $21.5 billion the agency actually received in 2019.

Despite that, NASA is touting the request as good for the agency, claiming it’s on target to send humans to the Moon by 2028. “I am very happy to tell you that NASA’s budget request from the president of United States is strong,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a speech today. “And we have strong bipartisan support and both…

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Author: Loren Grush