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by Micah J. Fleck
Under the Trump administration, which rejects the concept of climate change as being real, the NASA budget is going to restructure the entity to turn its focus back toward space and away from Earth sciences.
Los Angeles Times reports:
NASA missions to the surface of Europa, a nearby asteroid and the atmosphere above our own planet would be cut from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s portfolio under the White House budget proposal released Thursday.
But one of JPL’s signature programs, the Mars 2020 mission to send a sample-collecting rover to the Red Planet, survived. So did the lab’s Europa Clipper, a spacecraft set to fly by Jupiter’s icy moon that is believed to hide a liquid ocean and is considered a promising potential home for extraterrestrial life.