New York (The Verge) — Senate committee’s budget for lunar landers falls short of NASA request theverge.com/2020/11/10/215….
On November 10th, the Senate Appropriates Committee released its 12 funding bills for the federal government for next year, providing $1 billion to NASA to help fund the development of new lunar landers. It’s roughly $2.4 billion short of what NASA had requested.
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee released 12 funding bills for next year, laying out proposed budgets for the federal government. The newly released legislation would allocate a total of $23.5 billion to NASA, an increase over last year’s NASA budget but roughy $1.75 billion less than the $25.2 billion the administration had asked for.
The Trump administration has been calling for increased funding to NASA over the next five years to help fund the agency’s Artemis program, an initiative to send the first woman and the next man to the surface of the Moon. Originally, NASA had planned for the first Artemis landing to occur in 2028, but the administration challenged the agency to move that up to 2024. NASA has been clear that a sizable budget increase is necessary to meet the tighter deadline, particularly for the new human lunar landing system. — Loren Grush/@verge