NASA says the White House is proposing a budget for 2018 of $19.1 billion.
This year, Congress gave the U.S. space agency $19.66 billion in funding. That was slightly more than the Obama administration actually had proposed, however.
NASA’s current acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, discussed the latest budget proposal in the agency’s annual State of NASA town hall presentation May 23.
“While more detailed budget information will be released in May, we have received a top line budget number for the agency as part of an overall government budget rollout of more than $19 billion,” Lightfoot said. “This is in line with our funding in recent years, and will enable us to effectively execute our core mission for the nation, even during these times of fiscal constraint.
“While the budget and appropriation process still has a long way to go, this budget enables us to continue our work with industry to enhance government capabilities, send humans deeper into space, continue our innovative aeronautics efforts and explore our universe,” he said. “The budget supports our continued leadership in commercial space, which has demonstrated success through multiple cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station, and is on target to begin launches of astronauts from U.S. soil in the near future.”
The space agency’s finance office offered an analysis of key points in the 2018 NASA budget that suggests a move away from funding for NASA’s many climate-monitoring programs under the Trump administration. It said the budget: