The budgets of NASA and NOAA would see cuts for the FY 2017 fiscal year as part of $18 billion in reductions proposed by the Trump Administration.
NASA would see a reduction of $50 million in its science budget. The cuts would be
“distributed….across the science program, including cuts to unused reserves and missions that are cancelled in the 2018 Budget. It is possible missions would be delayed and/or grants reduced,” according to a budget document sent to Congress.
Trump’s budget outline for FY 2018 proposes to terminate three NASA Earth science missions now under development: Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 3 (OCO-3), Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder, and the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE).
It also “terminates” the “Earth-viewing instruments” on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft, a joint NASA-NOAA satellite launched in 2015 that monitors the Earth, the solar wind and space weather from a location 1 million miles from Earth.
NOAA would be subjected to $300 million in cuts for FY 2017, including $90 million in its weather satellites program.
“This level reflects the planned ramp-downs of JPSS and GOES weather satellites, and the ramp-up of the PFO [Polar Follow On] program,” the budget document states. “This level also delays the EON [12U Earth Observing Nanosatellite-
The Administration’s budget document asks Congress for $18 billion in cuts from the current fiscal year budget. It slashes funding for research and other programs across the government, including at the Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control, Federal Emergency Management Agency and more.
The Trump Administration has proposed even deeper cuts in domestic spending for FY 2018. The Administration’s spending priorities incude an increase in defense spending, a tax cut and the construction of a wall on the southern border with Mexico.