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Report: Trump Budget Proposals Cancel Future Of Europa Lander Project

First Posted: Mar 19, 2017 07:00 PM EDT
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The solar system's largest moon, Ganymede, is captured here alongside the planet Jupiter in this picture taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, December 3, 2000.

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As per the President Donald Trump budget proposal for fiscal 2018, NASA's land on Jupiter's icy moon Europa and few Earth science missions will not go forward. The budget proposals of the president were released on March 16.

According to Space, NASA's funding for 2018 would be cut from roughly $19.3 billion to $19.1. NASA officials and scientific community were concerned about the budget cut that NASA could face under Trump administration that NASA could face under Trump administration.

The budget increases cooperation with industry, that rather focuses on efforts on deep space exploration rather than Earth-centric research.NASA could face the challenge but the initial projects suggest that the space agency can continue with most of its project.

Space News has reported that the budget blueprint also cancels NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission. This is an effort to pluck a boulder off a space rock and tow the piece to lunar orbit. The budget also terminates four Earth science missions (PACE, OCO, DISCOVER Earth-viewing instruments and CLARREO Pathfinder) and reduces funding for Earth science research grants.

The news report has stated that the budget cancels the multi-billion-dollar Asteroid-dollar Asteroid Redirect Mission. But the budget encourages NASA's efforts to send American astronauts on deep-space missions.

This also reinvigorates robotic exploration of the solar system by providing $1.9 billion for the planetary science program. This fund also included for a mission to repeatedly fly by Jupiter's icy ocean moon Europa and a Mars rover that would launch in 2020.

The space agency, NASA receives $19.1 billion in the proposed budget, a 0.8 percent cut from 2017 funding levels. But Trump administration reported they will unveil a more fleshed-out version in May.

Meanwhile, the budget creates new opportunities for collaboration with industry on space station operations that supports public-private partnership for deep-space habitation and also exploration systems. But NASA will re-evaluate the risks of incomplete polar coverage by satellites.

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