Mission Mars, or mission Earth?

Donald Trump’s budget for Nasa contains no swingeing cuts. There will, though, be a change of focus - away from Earth and, instead, towards deep space and sending people to Mars. Jack Conrad says we would be well advised not to welcome such a hugely expensive diversion

Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind” did not end the space race. The US is, and is set to remain, the space hegemon, for the foreseeable future. Donald Trump has just signed the bill authorising Nasa to spend $19.5 billion in 2017-18 (it passed through Congress with bipartisan support1). Nasa will not suffer the swingeing cuts being imposed on other science and medical agencies. There are, however, changed priorities. Nasa will be focused on deep space, not the Earth.

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Letters

Frog into prince; Liberal February; No conscription; Consistent?

From guns to government

Kevin Bean unravels the enigma of Martin McGuinness - IRA commander and deputy first minster of Northern Ireland

Self-determination for sake of unity

The prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence raises vital strategic questions, argues Eddie Ford

Decisive victory needed

Peter Manson reports on the annual general meeting of CPGB members

Shift to hard right

Jos Alembic and Richard Hoogstraten analyse the results of the Dutch elections and where they leave the Socialist Party

For a people’s Provisional Revolutionary Government

Introducing another translation in the series: ‘1917: the view from the streets’ - leaflets of the Russian Revolution, No7

Trebles all round

George Osborne’s appointment as Evening Standard editor is a textbook illustration of establishment corruption, argues Paul Demarty

At the races

Robbie Rix welcomes a bumper week

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