State of the Union

Budget proposal would hit Goddard earth science missions

Deep spending cuts called for in President Donald Trump's federal budget proposal would fall on two space programs with ties to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, both of which have implications for climate science.

Trump's $1.15 trillion budget proposal, unveiled Thursday, would eliminate an earth sciences satellite being built and tested at Goddard for launch in 2022 to study the earth's oceans. Another proposal zeros out funding for data analysis from two deep space science instruments positioned on a satellite already in orbit.

Given Trump's skepticism that human activity is responsible for climate change, it was little surprise his budget recommended slashing hundreds of...