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The Verge: WH Budget Draft Ends Space Station Funding by 2025

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NASA astronauts work outside the International Space Station on Jan. 23, 2018. (NASA TV via AP)

By    |   Friday, 26 January 2018 05:11 PM

A draft budget proposal revealed that the Trump administration may stop throwing financial support to the International Space Station by 2025.

The Verge reported that the White House's draft budget for fiscal year 2019 would cut ISS funding in seven years, and two sources told the website the directive will make it into the final version of the budget that is due Feb. 12.

A NASA spokesperson would not comment to The Verge about the report.

"NASA and the International Space Station partnership is committed to full scientific and technical research on the orbiting laboratory, as it is the foundation on which we will extend human presence deeper into space," the spokesperson said. "We will not comment on any leaked or pre-decisional documents prior to the release of the president's FY19 budget, which is scheduled for February 12."

The budget would still have to make it through Congress, so it's not guaranteed that the ISS directive would come to fruition.

The space agencies in the U.S., Russia, Japan, Canada, and Europe all contribute to the ISS, which was first launched in 1998.

Three astronauts from the U.S., Russia, and Japan blasted off to link up with the International Space Spation in December. Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai created what he called "fake news" earlier this month when he mistakenly said he had grown 3.5 inches in his first three weeks on the ISIS, when in fact he had actually gotten roughly three-quarters of an inch taller.

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