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President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for NASA is $19.9 billion.

“It reflects the Administration’s confidence that through NASA leadership, America will lead the way back to the Moon and take the next giant leap from where we made that first small step nearly 50 years ago,” explains NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot.

This budget codifies the President’s Space Policy Directive-1, which charges NASA to “lead an innovative and sustainable campaign of exploration that will lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and use followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations.”

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot discusses the fiscal year 2019 budget proposal during a State of NASA address Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Notional Deep Space Gateway.
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Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

“This budget also proposes we develop new opportunities on and around the Moon,” Lightfoot adds. “We will begin to build the in-space infrastructure for long-term exploration development of our nearest neighbor,” by launching the power and propulsion element to orbit the Moon in 2022 “as the foundation of a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. This will give us a strategic presence in the lunar vicinity that will drive our activity with commercial and international partners and help us further explore the Moon and its resources and translate that experience toward human missions to Mars.”

Further, drawing on the interests and capabilities of NASA’s industry and international partners, the space agency intends to develop progressively complex robotic missions to the surface of the Moon with scientific and exploration objectives in advance of human return there, Lightfoot explains.

International Space Station.
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Space station/commercial sector

Lightfoot also notes that this budget proposes for NASA to ramp up efforts to transition low-Earth activities to the commercial sector and end direct federal government support of the ISS in 2025 and begin relying on commercial partners for our low Earth orbit research and technology demonstration requirements.

 

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