The so-called CRomnibus package is up for a vote in
The omnibus bill would provide NASA with $18.01 billion, which amounts to $549 million above President
“Each year now for several years we’ve had to fight with the administration for adequate levels of funding for planetary science, which has been the crown jewel of NASA,” said Rep.
The finding would also allow NASA to keep operating the long-lived
"We have the science, great minds and technology in place to explore other worlds," Bill Nye, chief executive of the Planetary Society, said in a statement, adding that the proposed planetary science budget was just shy of the organization's recommended $1.5 billion. "We have the support of the Congress. We have the potential to search for life at destinations like Mars and Europa. Let's get out there and see what's up."
The planetary science funding was essential to safeguarding the experience and expertise of NASA's current scientists and engineers, Schiff added.
"There are only a handful of people on Earth who know how to successfully land on Mars, or know how to get to Europa and contemplate a landing there, and they're at JPL," Schiff said. "We don't want to break up the dream team of scientists we have at JPL."