Now Playing: Lunar landing date – October 24, 2020 Now Playing (video) New York Times article Trump: NASA may be able to help me with space trip Now Playing Trump signs NASA budget bill to give $19B to NASA Now Playing President Trump signs $20B bill to fund NASA Now Play Trump signs bill to expand NASA’s space agency Now Playing The president signed the budget bill for the NASA Department of Science and Technology on Thursday, giving $19.7B to the agency.
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President Trump signed the NASA budget with a message of support for the space agency and for American science.
It also included a $1.6 trillion plan for space exploration.
The bill includes $4.3 billion for space science research, including a $500 million increase for the James Webb Space Telescope.
It includes $2 billion for the Space Launch System rocket.
It will also include $4 billion for research and development on new technologies to help launch humans to the moon.
Here’s a breakdown of the proposed NASA funding.
Space Exploration: Space Launch Systems: $2.7 billion for a new rocket and a new spacecraft, plus $3 billion in research and a $50 million increase in the Space Shuttle Discovery mission.
Discovery: $1 billion for an additional mission and $2 million for a third mission.
New Exploration: $900 million for the Advanced Exploration Systems rocket.
NASA’s Future Space Station: $835 million for space station missions and a space station launch.
Discovery and Space Launch: $300 million for research into robotic exploration and a mission to Mars.
Orion: $250 million for Orion spacecraft.
Space Launch Services: $150 million for launch operations, including $100 million for Exploration Flight Test Vehicle and $100.3 million for testing.
Orion/SLS: $100 billion for both missions.
Space Station Crew: $200 million for crew operations and an additional crew launch vehicle.
Science: $50 billion for science missions and the space station.
Exploration: The space station will be fully funded through the 2021 fiscal year, with a total of $350 billion for exploration missions, NASA officials said.
The agency also announced that it was seeking $200 billion in additional funding.
NASA also said that the agency would add $50.2 billion in budget authority for 2021.
The total funding request was $400 billion for 2021, which will include $130 billion for NASA’s planetary exploration programs, $120 billion for its deep space exploration programs and $20,000 million for an expanded Space Launch system, NASA said.
Next steps: Congress will hold a hearing on the budget Thursday.
In a statement, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the $20 trillion increase in NASA funding is “the biggest increase in our nation’s budget in nearly a century”.
McCain said it would “help ensure that we do everything we can to ensure that our children and grandchildren can go to the Moon, Mars, Mars One and eventually Mars Two, as well as other destinations that our nation has yet to explore”.
“We cannot continue to have NASA spending in the billions of dollars that it is,” McCain said.
“This budget represents the continuation of a program that has proven its worth, proven its effectiveness, and is a critical component of our nation.”
US lawmakers also held hearings in January and March on the impact of the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts on NASA.
In February, Sen Bob Corker (R) and Sen Mike Lee (R), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that they would hold hearings in March and April on the Trump budget.
“There is an urgent need for the president to get out of Washington and to put his leadership on the agenda, so that the next administration will continue to work on the important science and technology issues facing the country,” Corker said.
Earlier this month, President Trump said that he is “working on” a plan to increase the federal government’s NASA budget by $2 trillion.
He has been speaking with the heads of the heads and deputy heads of NASA and the US space agency, NASA’s director of human exploration and operations, and the heads, in the White House.
He is also holding a series of meetings with other heads of government and agencies, including the heads at NASA and Boeing, to discuss what the government could do to support the space industry, the White Trump told reporters in the Oval Office