The Trump administration has proposed a budget for 2019 which will be funding $150 million for commercial development and savings to aim to Moon by 2025 and urged the American space agency NASA to move out of the International Space Station.
US President Donald Trump’s new budget directs NASA to simply just pull out and leave behind the International Space Station and focus on developing aid to explore moon as a first step towards reaching the Red Planet. So basically, POTUS and his administration believes that NASA is spending too much money in orbiting around Earth on ISS, which is diluting the possibilities of exploring human space exploration at another level. So by putting an end to all those expenses on ISS, the space agency would be able to involve in other futuristic space missions – for which, White House has proposed a budget of $150 million. And the money is expected to be used for aiming missions to Moon and then to Mars by 2025 – that is in a timespan of five to six years.
Also, White House believes that after NASA pulls out in around 2025, the space research complex out there in space should be run by private businesses. Companies could actually gamble on setting up some outer space research, test pharmaceuticals or just turn it into a cool space hideout for rich tourists. However, shunning away the ISS just like that doesn’t seem very feasible to most space researchers, especially after NASA has already spent $100 billion on it since 1990s. The first part of ISS was sent back in 1998 and the entire space complex was complete in 2011. Used by many other countries including Russia, Japan, China and Europe for space research, and US pulling out will affect their work too.
A huge amount of resources have been put into the development and functioning of the maiden space complex International Space Station. It is the place that has been the place of most space discoveries since almost two decades and it will be the place to relay towards Mars. While we head to moon once again and eventually, ultimately to the Red planet, we might still want to look back to Earth, the vibrant planet and the vibrant economy that has spurred and helped us in developing something as incredible as the International Space Station. Turning its lights off, doesn’t seem like a great idea anyway.