Trump’s Plan To Destroy NASA Science Laid Bare In FY2020 Budget
“The most optimistic take on the President’s FY2020 proposal is this: there is bipartisan support for a United States with a strong science program across the board. WFIRST is the top priority space mission, as ranked by the National Academy of Sciences; NASA is doing what the scientific community has recommended to them as a whole by flying these flagship missions. Hubble, James Webb, and WFIRST are transformative observatories, and we can stop the President’s short-sighted recommendations from becoming law.
But the budget proposal also declares that as long as he is in office, this will likely be an annual fight. A single year of missed funding or underfunding can kill a project that took decades to plan and enact. We must not lose our will. Our future and present demands that we not lose sight of a record-breaking cut to the greatest human endeavor of all: the quest to understand our existence.”
Every 10 years, NASA sends its top proposals for an independent, decadal review, where recommendations are made to decide the future of science. The pinnacle of these recommendations are the flagship missions, like Hubble, James Webb, and WFIRST. Well, the FY2020 budget has just been proposed from the President, and guess what he wants to kill?