President Obama Highlights Planetary Science Triumphs
But 2016 budget cuts the program by nearly $80 million
On Monday night, President Obama addressed a crowd of science enthusiasts gathered on the White House lawn for their Astronomy Night event. The President talked about the importance of science and the excitement of the next great discovery, which is a deeply important topic and worth continued investment by the nation. He also called out several recent achievements by NASA that caught my ear:
"In recent years, we’ve discovered the first Earth-sized planet orbiting a star in a distant galaxy." —@POTUS#AstronomyNight
These three discoveries—using data from NASA's Kepler, New Horizons, and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, respectively—were all paid for by NASA's Planetary Science Division (Kepler is now operated by the Astrophysics Division).