Is anyone really surprised???
A large group of the current administration has wanted to eliminate the space programs for decades.
Back in the '70s and '80s it was Senator William Proxmire
(D-Wisc) who championed slashing NASA to death:
"Proxmire earned the unending enmity of space advocates and science fiction fandomspace colonization, ultimately eliminating spending on said research from NASA's budget. In response to a segment about space colonies run by the CBS program
for his opposition to 60 Minutes; "it's the best argument yet for chopping NASA's funding to the bone .... I say not a penny for this nutty fantasy". Arthur C. ClarkeLarry Niven retaliated by respectively writing the award winning stories Death and the Senator and The Return of William Proxmire. In a number of circles his name has become a verb, meaning to unfairly obstruct scientific research for political gain."
Scream to your Congressmen and Senators or we'll waste another 50 years like we have the last 30.....