Trump To End Support For ISS According To Budget Proposal Draft

27 January, 2018, 20:30 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Trump To End Support For ISS According To Budget Proposal Draft

The ISS was, and is a collaborative effort by NASA and space agencies from Russia, Japan, the European Union, and Canada. In an audit report by the Office of Inspector General, dated January 11, 2018, it was stated that NASA was expecting to spend between $3 and $4 billion annually to support the ISS operations through 2024. Not only would a 2028 dateline be sensible, but it would give NASA and all other parties involved time to transition activities to an Earth-bound facility or even allow time for commercial space companies to establish a commercial station in low-Earth orbit.

For its part, NASA isn't commenting on whether this leaked piece of the budget draft will appear in the final proposed budget expected to be released in February.

Canceling funding for the ISS would be devastating for NASA's worldwide relationships, the space program and many scientists who rely on the orbiting laboratory to conduct experiments and testing in low gravity. This announcement is also connected to the President's comments in December that it was time for the United States to reclaim America's proud destiny in space. This cut could hurt NASA's program once again.

Mr Trump had acknowledged the presence of Jack Schmitt at the White House event to mark the directive, the last astronaut to land on the moon 45 years ago.




I think we may be living in 1969...or something.

If the Deep Space Gateway program falls behind schedule, ending operations on the ISS prematurely could lead to a gap in US access to space. This includes a new trip to the Moon for an eventual manned flight to Mars. In return, we have access to a unique laboratory floating above the Earth where experiments can be carried out in microgravity.

A slew of government and private experiments have been conducted on the station, which now has a crew of two American, three Russian, and one Japanese astronaut.

Those more ambitious programs such as a moon base or sending humans to Mars would also require resources far more extensive than would be freed up by simply discontinuing NASA's ISS funding, and are unlikely to materialise in the form of government funding in the current political climate. Funding for the ISS was approved by the Obama administration through 2024, though the provision left the door open to continue USA federal funding for the station into 2028. After 2024, what happens to ISS is anyone's guess.

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