June 18, 2024

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Return of NASA’s Mars sample is in danger after US Senate report

Return of NASA’s Mars sample is in danger after US Senate report

NASA’s Mars sample return mission is facing some tough scrutiny.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has made its recommendations for the spending bill for fiscal year 2024, and it doesn’t deliver everything NASA had hoped. The Commerce, Justice, and Science Spending Act (CJS), which allocates money to NASA and a few other government agencies, was revised by the committee in a 28-to-1 vote on July 13. The bill secures funding for NASA’s ongoing Artemis program to the moon and other exploration initiatives, but cuts the space agency’s planetary science budget by more than half a billion dollars.