White House Eyes End of Funding for Space Station

Draft budget proposal gives 2025 end date, reports The Verge
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2018 2:44 PM CST
NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, left, and Scott Tingle work outside the International Space Station Tuesday to give the robot arm a new hand.   (NASA TV via AP)

(Newser) – The Trump administration looks poised to deliver bad news to advocates of the International Space Station. The White House plans to end NASA's funding for ISS by 2025, according to a draft 2019 budget proposal seen by the Verge. NASA supplies ISS with up to $4 billion annually, and the US is committed to providing money through 2024. The space station is widely projected to be out of commission in 2028 regardless, and the Trump administration apparently wants to begin shifting its space priorities elsewhere, per Popular Mechanics. Still, many in the industry would prefer that NASA fund the ISS through 2028 to provide more time for the shift to commercial ventures, according to the Verge. NASA says it won't comment until the final proposal is submitted on Feb. 12.

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