As a famous philosopher once said, people should "sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over." I've already seen panicked posts about the budget process on other websites. We can do better than that here.The process is the same as it has always been. The President proposes a budget. Congress passes whatever they please. Then, the President has the option to sign off on the budget or let a shutdown happen (said shutdown being highly unlikely, imho).
If I had to bet, Earth Sciences will be cut out from NASA and transferred elsewhere. This could be enough to allow for some cut in the NASA budget.
Quote from: Danderman on 03/01/2017 04:51 AMIf I had to bet, Earth Sciences will be cut out from NASA and transferred elsewhere. This could be enough to allow for some cut in the NASA budget.not going happen. That would shutdown GSFC.
Why? What's the problem with NOAA/USGS taking over Earth climate work? You could turn GISS into an NOAA group without shutting down GSFC. There's a lot of things besides GISS going on there. Then NASA could do aeronautics and space stuff.
I personally believe that Climate Science "should have been" assigned to NOAA.
Quote from: clongton on 03/01/2017 05:42 PMI personally believe that Climate Science "should have been" assigned to NOAA. It is assigned to NOAA. NASA is only involved space based observations and new instruments and procuring GOES and JPSS for NOAA.
Key word being "atmospheric". And perhaps we are saying similar things differently because of the extensive use of satellites that NASA monitors and manages. And no small number of them examine more than the atmosphere. There are instruments that peer into the earth's topography, examine the oceans and sea life, do resource mapping, forestry studies; the list goes on and on. It is those kinds of things that informed my position. Those are NOAA satellites. NOAA should be doing the managing, not NASA. NASA launched them for them, and that should have been the end of it. Just like when a launch provider sends a communications satellite up. Once it is delivered to orbit it becomes the responsibility of the company that contracted the launch. But NASA has been managing the birds too long to now.
What's the problem being solved?