Friday, January 3, 2014

NASA Budget Cut May Shutdown Cassini and Mars Curiosity

By Julie S | Dec 30, 2013 09:54 AM EST

The U.S National Aeronautics and Space Administration might put an end to the Cassini and Mars Curiosity missions due to the budget cut.

Cassini is an unmanned spacecraft sent to study planet Saturn and its natural satellites which has a yearly allocation of $60 million while Curiosity is also a rover sent to study Mars to see if it once supported life which has a yearly allocation of $50 million. Science Recorder reported that the funding for these space missions will be reduced by 50 percent in 2014 and then half again in 2015. That means by 2015, the missions will have a $15 million and $12 million allocation respectively. Continuing the missions will be impossible with such amounts.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden shocked the entire scientific community when he announced Friday that the launch of flagship missions will be put on hold. Flagship missions are missions whose budget is around $1 billion or more. A few days later, he gave an update in a press release that “NASA remains committed to planning, launching, and operating flagship missions. That’s a nice sentiment but it may take more than commitment to get Congress to cough up the necessary dough.”

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