NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineÂ has said potential cuts in the agencyâs fiscal 2020 budget could have an impact on space exploration programs, SpaceNews reported Thursday.
âIf that materializes, no, weâre not going to have what we need to go to the moon,â he said Thursday at a National Space Council meeting of the usersâ advisory groupÂ 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 agencyâs exploration plans.
He also expressed optimism about NASAâs potential collaboration with international partners to advance its exploration strategy including lunar missions, according to the report.