In Trump's budget proposalsreleased on Monday, the administration is seeking US$150 million in fiscal year 2019, with more in additional years "to enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities which will ensure that commercial successors to the ISS - potentially including elements of the ISS - are operational when they are needed". It could also be too soon for the private sector to have such an asset, a concern expressed by Mark Mulqueen, Boeing's space station program manager. This hugely expensive program - which unlike SpaceX rockets, has no reusable parts - would receive $3.7 billion, close to 20 percent of NASA's entire budget.
Almost half of the proposed $19.9 billion budget - $10.5 billion - is earmarked for "an innovative and sustainable campaign of exploration and lead the return of humans to the Moon for long-term exploration and utilisation followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations", according to a NASA overview.
"We're building capability for the eventual human exploration of deep space and the moon is a stepping stone", NASA's acting chief financial officer Andrew Hunter said in a Monday news conference.
Elon Musk's SpaceX company and Orbital ATK have been delivering to the station since 2012.
The same budget proposal proposes to pull the plug on WFIRST, a space telescope mission that NASA said is "designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics".
The Soyuz 2-1a booster carrying the Progress MS-08/69P cargo craft took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m. EST (GMT-5; 2:13 p.m. local time), streaking away through a cold, overcast sky and climbing directly into the plane of the space station's orbit.
Cochair of the WFIRST research team, David Spergel, who is an astrophysicist at the Princeton University, thinks that it is bad that space astronomy leadership is being abandoned, following the recommendation of the Trump administration to cut the mission.
In 2015, Congress guaranteed funding for the United States part of the International Space Station until 2024. President Barack Obama extended that model to hire Boeing and SpaceX to fly astronauts there. Frank Slazar, the vice president of space systems for the Aerospace Industries Association, pointed out to the Post that the worldwide agreements the USA signed regarding the creation of the ISS would render making it a commercial outpost tricky.
While the budget plan said it places renewed support on returning humans to the moon, followed by human expeditions to Mars and elsewhere, no precise timeline and few details are provided.
The station has allowed global crews - notably in collaboration with the Canadian, European and Japanese space agencies - to pursue scientific research in the environment of a low Earth orbit.
Hertz also added that only way to preserve the US space agency's ability to meet the established target cost and deliver the project on time is to maintain progress against the existing plan, should Congress decide against Trump's proposal to eliminate WFIRST.
Iraqi officials estimate that the biggest chunk of the money needed, around $17 billion, is required exclusively to rebuild homes. Saudi Arabia said it would allocate $1 billion for investment projects in Iraq and $500 million to support Iraqi exports.
In 2013, a USA intelligence report claimed that some military officials had planned to kill her during her 2012 India visit. Jahangir was arrested in 2007 by the government of then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf and held under house arrest.
Zuma, who has served as South Africa's president since 2009, has insisted on seeing out the end of his term in mid-2019. This was not to be as a defiant Zuma dug deep, telling party leaders again that he was not going anywhere.
US captain Brian Gionta is off for tripping 12:42 into the third, and the Americans have a penalty to kill clinging to a 2-1 lead. Ryan Zapolski stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced in net for the US , while Kroselj allowed two goals on 36 shots for Slovenia.
The firm hasn't stated whether people can opt out, but it should become clear once Gmail gets support for AMP later this year. If you want to mute that at any time, there should be a small music icon in the top right corner of the interface.
Canadian athletes came close , but failed to reach the podium on the first day medals were handed out in South Korea. Viewers could clearly hear the shocked teen say 'Holy s***' on tv as he finished his final run.
Farrell's pinpoint punt for May's opener was pretty special but Joe Launchbury's assist for England's second was even better. Scotland couldn't cope with the expectation, and now he's got to cope with the expectation of playing well.
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Black Caps beat England in tri-series T20
Not for the first time this winter, England's bowlers were made to toil in their fourth match of T20 tri-series on Tuesday. Opener Guptill raced to 65 off 40 including three sixes while captain Williamson accelerated late in his 72 off 46.
Martin Schulz resigns as German SPD chief
The SPD has agreed on a blueprint for coalition government with Ms Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and her Bavarian CSU allies. In a cartoon on Tuesday, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily showed Nahles with a whip riding an SPD snail.
Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 doubles down on Gigabit LTE
The fastest available LTE modems , like Qualcomm's Snapdragon X20 , are capable of reaching [theoretical] top speeds of 1.2Gbps. The X24 will hit the market by the end of this year, when we'll see the first 5G devices starting to hit as well .
Google Wants To Bring Smart Replies To More Chat Apps
Last month, Google announced the addition of Smart Reply within Messages for those users on its mobile phone service, Project Fi . The request for testing of the new project came from Area 120 , a division of Google that works on experimental products.
NASA breaks record for pictures taken farthest from Earth
NASA says Voyager 1's cameras were turned off after that, so its photography record has been unchallenged for more than 27 years. Several hours after that first image, New Horizons broke its own record with the two images at the top of this story.
Barack And Michelle Obama Portraits Revealed
Although Wiley's aesthetic style is hyperrealistic, he, like Sherald, doesn't depict his subjects as they are in real life. He also takes paintings of saints and heroes of Old Masters and replaces the subjects with black men and women.