“President Obama will submit NASA’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request to Congress on Feb. 13.” as reported by NASA.
Experts are reporting that NASA would cut future missions to Mars due to decrease in budget, which NASA has to spent on either exploration or on a new space telescope i.e. James Webb Space Telescope that would be 100 times more powerful and would help in looking through the farther spaces of the universe.
The space agency would remove two proposed missions along with Europeans to explore Mars in 2016 and 2018. NASA agreed to pay $1.4 billion for those missions. Some Mars missions would be done but there is uncertainty in them.
Current Mars budget is $581.7 million and there is proposal of $300 million reductions in NASA’s $1.5 billion planetary science budget including more than $200 million in those reductions are for Mars program.
“To me, it’s totally irrational and unjustified,” said Edward Weiler, who until September was NASA’s associate administrator for science. “We are the only country on this planet that has the demonstrated ability to land on another planet, namely Mars. It is a national prestige issue.”