NASA to Unveil Budget Proposal on Monday

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA invites media and social media to agency centers across the country Monday, March 11, to get an up-close look at America’s work to return astronauts to the Moon and on to Mars, following the delivery of President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal to the U.S. Congress.

The main event will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will address the agency’s workforce at 1 p.m. EDT. His remarks will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. NASA centers then will host media and social media for tours and presentations.

Following Bridenstine’s address, media and social media at Kennedy will be able to see first-hand:

  • Exploration Ground Systems efforts to transform Kennedy into a multi-user spaceport
  • Facilities where the solid rocket boosters, and other hardware, for the agency’s powerful Space Launch System (SLS) are processed, manufactured and assembled
  • NASA’s Super Guppy, which is being modified to carry the Orion spacecraft
  • A ground prototype of a deep space habitat concept built by commercial partner Lockheed Martin

Also on March 11, NASA’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeff DeWit, and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Strategy, Budget, and Performance, Andrew Hunter, will brief media on the agency’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposal during a 5 p.m. teleconference.

Audio and visuals from the teleconference will stream live at:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

The agency budget, and supporting information, will be available online Monday at:

https://www.nasa.gov/budget

NASA is going to the Moon and on to Mars, in a measured, sustainable way. The direction from Space Policy Directive-1 builds on the hard work NASA is doing on its SLS and Orion spacecraft, agency efforts to enable commercial partners, its work with international partners at the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit, and what NASA learns from its current robotic missions at the Moon and Mars. Learn more at:

https://www.nasa.gov/moontomars

Editor’s Note: If past patterns continue to hold, the following will occur:

  • NASA will promote its bold plans for sending astronauts back to the moon amid an attempt by the White House to slash the agency’s budget;
  • Trump Administration will justify said cuts because of the massive federal deficit it made much worse through its massive tax cut;
  • Congress will ignore the cuts, rewriting the budget to provide NASA with a modest boost;
  • No budget measures will pass and signed by the president by the time the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1;
  • Congress will pass a continuing resolution that keeps funding at FY 2019 levels and prevent new program starts; and,
  • At some point after the new year, probably in January or February, Congress will pass a budget measure for FY 2020.

Optional: Yet another government shutdown over a wall on the southern border or some other dispute that has nothing to do with getting astronauts back to the moon.