NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will need a thick skin when he takes his agency’s fiscal 2017 budget request to Capitol Hill. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science Committee, wasted little time declaring the request an “imbalanced proposal [that] continues to tie our astronauts’ feet to the ground and makes a Mars mission all but impossible.” Smith criticized cuts in the request that he says take more than $800 million from exploration programs ...

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