The Pluto Payoff Is Helping NASA's 2016 Budget Prospects
Lawmakers appear ready to support NASA’s continued planetary exploration efforts, thanks in part to New Horizons’ successful Pluto flyby.By Evan Thomas | July 29, 2015
NASA was on Capitol Hill this week, making the case for its planetary exploration budget. (Video via Google Earth)
It’s holding up its New Horizons mission to Pluto as ongoing evidence for the importance of that funding.
In recent days, information from the piano-sized probe has shown a minor planet that's larger than expected, with its own hazy hydrocarbon atmosphere and evidence of an internal ocean.