The Trump administration wants to privatize the International Space Station


That's because the Trump administration is now believed to be thinking about privatizing the massive global experiment that orbits the planet.

Under President Donald Trump's 2019 proposed budget released Monday, U.S. government funding for the space station would end by 2025.

But it also includes $150m (£108m) to "encourage commercial development" at ISS to replace American payments. Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat who rocketed into orbit in 1986, said "turning off the lights and walking away from our sole outpost in space" makes no sense.

Nasa is yet to submit a report on whether the service life of the ISS could be extended till 2028 and decisions that affect the space lab should be made only after it is completed, senator Ted Cruz told the Post. NASA spends billions every year to maintain and operate it.

The administration is working on a transition plan that "could turn the station over to the private sector", the report said. ISS considered a "distressed" property The space station was never considered a money-making venture, and it does cost a great deal of money to keep it in operation for all the countries involved. The boost is due to an agreement passed by Congress earlier this year which hikes the levels of discretionary spending.

Another controversial budget proposal would cancel NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope mission, or WFIRST, which according to NASA is "designed to settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets and infrared astrophysics". President Trump proposed $132 million to the South Mississippi space center which will help fund projects to take astronauts back to the moon.

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It had been reported that the Trump administration was ready to pull the plug on the space station. There's only two crew missions a year. In 2018, Russian Federation is charging the US $81 million per seat to launch astronauts aboard the Soyuz spacecraft.

It would eliminate a number of science missions as well as end federal funding for the International Space Station after 2024, the year funding for the space station is already scheduled to stop.

What to do with the orbiting station has been a huge question within the USA government for years. It could hand over control to a private company so that the ISS can continue its operations. While it's a $500 million increase from last year's proposal, it is $61 million below NASA's 2017 funding level.

While the Trump budget plan says it places renewed support on returning humans to the moon, followed by human expeditions to Mars and elsewhere, few details are provided. No man has returned to the moon since December 11th, 1972, during the Apollo 17 mission.

"In short, we are once again on a path to return to the moon with an eye toward Mars", said Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator. Flights to the station are expensive, too.