UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Trump administration’s space plan favors sending astronauts back to the moon over the International Space Station.
President Donald Trump’s new budget request instructs NASA to end direct funding for the International Space Station by 2025, while pursuing a coordinated campaign to put humans back on the Moon by the mid-2020s.
The Trump administration said that it’s time to let the private sector run U.S. operations on the International Space Station and has earmarked $150 million to help prepare private companies to take over.
Meanwhile, Trump’s budget calls for $10 billion to “support human space exploration and to pursue a campaign that would establish U.S. preeminence to, around, and on the Moon.”
In total, the Trump administration has requested $19.6 billion for NASA in 2019, an increase of $500 million from this year.