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House Appropriations Committee’s FY 2017 Spending Bill Lacks Funds for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

BudgetA draft report by the House Appropriations Committee says an appropriations bill that would authorize $19.5 billion in total budget for NASA for fiscal year 2017 would not allocate any funds for the Asteroid Redirect Mission, Space News reported Monday.

Jeff Foust writes the House committee released the report Monday ahead of the scheduled May 24 markup of the FY 2017 commerce, justice and science spending bill.

The House committee noted that the bill would provide $1.8 billion in budget for planetary science programs, including $260 million in funds to support a mission to planet Jupiter’s Europa moon, Foust reports.

The proposed legislation also includes additional funds for NASA’s Orion program and Space Launch System and would authorize $1.69 billion for Earth science initiatives and $75 million for deep space habitats, according to Space News.

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