April 25, 2018

Trump seeks to halt funding for International Space Station by 2025

28 January 2018, 12:36 | Francis Delgado

Nasa could pull out of ISS after Trump administration hints at dropping funding by 2025

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Though the ISS costs us $3-4 billion per year, our government has already invested over $87 billion into the project that would be for naught if this budget passes.

The two astronauts replaced LEE-B with a spare that has been stored outside the ISS since 2009.

This will be the 206th spacewalk conducted by astronauts at the ISS.

The first ISS crew launched in 2000 and 108 astronauts - including 51 American crew members and 138 other astronauts from Nasa - have taken turns living in the floating research laboratory ever since. It's not clear yet if this proposal would accommodate commercial modules as part of any transition. NASA is studying its viability to as long as 2028.

Two other companies, Axiom, and Nanoracks, are planning commercial space stations.

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Nelson, who is attempted to derail the appointment of Jim Bridenstine, a young, reformer, as NASA administrator is flirting with becoming the William Proxmire, a foe of all space exploration in the 20th Century, for the current era. "We have to have a completely different mindset". Nobody has gone to the Moon since 1972, so we will have the opportunity to see if things have changed after 46 years. "ISS operations should continue provided there are aggressive initiatives to use commercial platforms for human space operations in parallel with the continued use of the ISS until such time that NASA can safely relieve itself of the enormous financial burden".

With the proposed de-funding of the ISS, Mr Trump's "America First" foreign policy doctrine may have been extended to outer space. Several companies have expressed interest in such efforts, including former Google Lunar X Prize competitors and Blue Origin, which announced its Blue Moon lunar cargo lander concept previous year. NASA is working with worldwide partners to develop a Deep Space Gateway, a space station that would orbit near the moon to help prepare for deep space missions. This could be detrimental for NASA, which would cause it to have no destination for space travel.

NASA's budget isn't unlimited, obviously, so the administration will need to set priorities when examining where the agency's relatively small resources go in the future. "We've been working with the administration", he said.

The draft budget was seen by The Verge. "What also is a fact is the ISS is still the only game in town that we have at the moment".

Last year, Trump signed the NASA Transition Authorization Act, requiring the space organization to figure out a way to divert the ISS away from NASA funding. "Looking five years ahead is hard".

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