Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama presented his proposed national budget for Fiscal Year 2013 (which begins Oct. 1), which includes $17.7 billion for NASA, a decrease of 0.3 percent ($59 million) from the current year's budget.
NASA says the new budget supports "an ambitious program of space exploration that will build on new technologies and proven capabilities to expand America's reach into the solar system." Stanford University professor G. Scott Hubbard says, "It is a real scientific tragedy and I personally believe it is a national embarrassment."
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NASA News Release:
NASA Reaches Higher With Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request
Scientists say Obama Mars cuts to hit research
The plan kills a deal between the US and European space agencies to cooperate on Mars robotic rover missions in 2016 and 2018, with a view to preparing to return samples from the red planet in the next decade.
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