NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said potential cuts in the agency’s fiscal 2020 budget could have an impact on space exploration programs, SpaceNews reported Thursday.
“If that materializes, no, we’re not going to have what we need to go to the moon,” he said Thursday at a National Space Council meeting of the users’ advisory group in Washington.
He mentioned that the White House has asked NASA to come up with a proposed 5 percent reduction or approximately $1B in savings for its next fiscal budget slated for release in February.
Bridenstine noted that he would not reprogram funds from other NASA programs in order to support the agency’s exploration plans.
He also expressed optimism about NASA’s potential collaboration with international partners to advance its exploration strategy including lunar missions, according to the report.