As promised, Casey Dreier and Jason Callahan are back with a special review of the just-released FY 2019 President’s Budget Request (PBR) for NASA. It contains good news, bad news and odd news. What is likely to stand? What will Congress ignore, going its own way? NASA’s new lunar ambitions, Mars Sample Return, WFIRST and more hang in the balance. Let the debate begin.
The Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
The Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST), planned follow-on to the James Webb Space Telescope, is not funded in the FY 2019 NASA budget. (Artist rendering)