NASA 2016 Budget Gets Proposed Increase As Obama Pushes For Manned Launches, Europa Mission

February 2, 2015 9:17 PM

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NASA 2016 Budget Gets Proposed Increase As Obama Pushes For Manned Launches, Europa Mission

NASA's financial woes are far from over, but it appears the space agency remains in good standing with President Barack Obama. As part of his fiscal year 2016 budget proposal, Obama requested $18.5 billion for the space agency, an increase from the $18 billion approved in 2015. The return of manned launches to the U.S., the Orion spacecraft and a Europa mission remain priorities in the budget proposal.

In fiscal 2015, Obama requested $17.5 billion and the Senate passed a bill that gave NASA $18 billion. The additional money went to the Science Mission Directorate, including a bump in planetary sciences and $100 million for a mission to Europa, Jupiter's moon, which may have a hidden ocean beneath ...

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