Agency: NASA

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Agency: NASA

2019-03-11 NASA Budget Cuts Proposed for FY20 Federal, NASA Budget Cuts Climate, Other

The Trump administration’s FY2020 budget proposes to increase funding for NASA by 1.4 percent (compared to FY2019 levels). However, while total funding for NASA would increase, several key research programs would face cuts. In particular, the budget eliminates funding for the WFIRST space telescope, and two earth science missions.

2019-01-15 Release of NOAA / NASA Temperature Data Delayed DOC, Federal, NASA Government Censorship Climate

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Aeronautics and Space Administration have been forced to delay release of the annual global temperature analysis for 2018 due to the partial government shutdown.

2019-01-10 NASA Scientists Prevented from Attending Conference Federal, NASA Government Censorship Other

Federal government scientists, from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other agencies, were prevented from attending the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society due to the partial government shutdown.

2018-09 NASA Study to Monitor Air Pollution After Hurricane Harvey Cancelled EPA, Federal, NASA, State, TX Research Hindrance Other

Officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) cancelled a project to assess air pollution in the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey. The cancellation was ordered by the director of NASA’s Earth Science Division after officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality expressed concern that NASA’s project would “overlap with . . . existing efforts” to monitor pollution and would not be “useful.”

2018-05-9 NASA Climate Research Program Cancelled Federal, NASA Budget Cuts Climate

NASA cancelled its Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10 million-a-year program, which provides funding for research aimed at improving the measurement of carbon stocks and fluxes.

2018-05-30 NASA Employees Avoiding Discussion of Climate Change Federal, NASA Self-Censorship Climate

Since President Trump took office, NASA staff have avoided publishing climate change information online, and discussing the topic on social media. This is reportedly due to self-censorship by career staffers who are concerned about “provoking the [Trump] administration.”

2018-02-12 NASA Budget Cuts Proposed for FY19 Federal, NASA Budget Cuts Climate, Other

The Trump administration’s FY2019 budget proposes to reduce funding for NASA by 0.3% (compared to FY2017 levels). Among other things, the budget would eliminate funding for the international space station from 2025, cancel a project to upgrade communications satellites, and terminate five earth sciences research missions.

2017-05-23 NASA’s FY18 Budget Cut by Trump Administration Federal, NASA Budget Cuts Climate, Other

The Trump administration’s FY2018 budget proposes to cut funding for NASA climate and environmental research programs by 8% or $151 million.