Pasadena, CA (May 17, 2019) — The Planetary Society, the world’s largest independent space interest organization, issued the following statement regarding NASA’s FY 2020 supplemental budget request:
“The supplemental budget request accelerates the return of astronauts to the lunar surface and advances the effort of sending humans to Mars—a goal shared by The Planetary Society. However, the proposed $1.6 billion one-year increase to NASA’s budget, while a welcome boost, represents by itself an insufficient political and financial commitment. We urge the administration to provide the significant additional funds required to support a fast-paced program of lunar exploration over the next 5 years.
We wish to acknowledge NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine's efforts to ensure that this proposal did not take funding from other NASA programs. This should continue. We do not support the proposed language giving the administrator the ability to move appropriations between programs without Congressional oversight.
NASA is and should remain a nonpartisan investment by the United States. To that end, we strongly urge the administration to work in a bipartisan manner to avoid pitting space funding against other important programs, to support critical space science investments, and to provide a multi-year commitment to human exploration at the Moon and beyond.”
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With a global community of more than 2 million space enthusiasts, The Planetary Society is the world’s largest and most influential space advocacy organization. Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman and today led by CEO Bill Nye, we empower the public to take a meaningful role in advancing space exploration through advocacy, education outreach, scientific innovation, and global collaboration. Together with our members and supporters, we’re on a mission to explore worlds, find life off Earth, and protect our planet from dangerous asteroids. To learn more, visit www.planetary.org.