NASA soars and others plummet in Trump’s budget proposal

NASA is looking to commercial companies to help it achieve its lunar ambitions. Shown is the December 2019 launch of Boeing’s Starliner Spacecraft. US research on artificial intelligence and quantum computing would see dramatic boosts in funding for 2021, under a proposed budget released by the White House on 10 February. The issued by President Donald Trump makes cuts across most science agencies for the 2021 fiscal year, which begins on 1 October 2020. Although Congress has repeatedly rebuffed such requests for cuts — and has, in fact, increased science spending in the enacted budgets — the 132-page document from the White House offers a view into the administration’s priorities and ambitions leading up to the November election.

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