The generous White House – NASA funding gets big boostMd Noman Siddique (Author) Published Date : Feb 04, 2015 01:33 IST
The White House is sanctioning NASA a $500 million boost to keep it on its way to reach Mars as stated by NASA chief Charles Bolden.
The $18.5 billion proposal was presented by Bolden on Feb 2nd which is inclusive of mission to Europa (Jupiter s moon) and the asteroid redirect mission (ARM).
NASA is firmly on a journey to Mars, Bolden said. Make no mistake, this journey will help guide and define our generation.
NASA says that the if upcoming US fiscal budget of 2016 is the same as what is now they have no choice but to shut down the Opportunity Rover s mission on Mars subsequent year. NASA officials are blaming the old age and flash memory issues that has occurred recently to be the cause of shutting the operation off.
Although there isn t a 100% confirmation on dismissal of the program, NSAS CFO David Radzanowski informed that the project will be re-evaluated and they will come into a conclusion next year.
He also said that the mission would have put to a halt in 2015 but they found the money to sustain it. Opportunity Rover has been roving around Mars for almost a decade now.
The NASA budget request would also bring an end to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) which helps to comprehend lunar water and map the lunar surface orbiting since 2009.
Along with LRO, the Orion spacecraft program will also come to an end. Orion anticipates to get a $1.1 billion with SLS around $1.35 billion both these are funded at a decreased level than the funds endorsed in 2015
Overall Bolden envisions a dazzling future of NASA.
That the idea we re adrift is an empty hook trying to catch yesterday's fish, Bolden said. I couldn't be more excited about our future. We're making steady progress and continuing to reach for new heights.
The new budget request in also inclusive of upholding the Commercial Crew program, devised to assist private organizations to build space systems which can transport back and forth to International Space Station. This program is budgeted at $1.2 billion.
NASA should be awarded less than $5.3 billion for the purpose of science missions comprising the $620 million for persisting in developing the James Webb Telescope projected to launch in 2018 as the successor of the Hubble Telescope.
The science fund also has $1.3 billion allocated for planetary science which includes a plan to launch a mission to Europa.
Along with all that a request for developing the next series of Landsat satellites has also been enlisted in the budget. Landsat satellites refer to earth-gazing missions to observe the earth s deforestation issues and more.
I can unequivocally say that the state of NASA is strong, Bolden said.
The generous White House – NASA funding gets big boost