Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
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Budget boost 'good start' to put astronauts on moon

Budget boost 'good start' to put astronauts on moon

The vice president then challenged NASA to get humans to the moon within the next five years and said the space agency must meet the new deadline by "any means necessary".

Enrollment in the program has declined since 2011, leading to a surplus of almost $9 billion, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

A Pew Research Center poll from a year ago found that 63% of Americans believe NASA should focus its efforts on climate research, not sending astronauts back to the moon-only 13% considered this a top priority. His remark was directed toward motivating agency employees to communicate why this program-just named Artemis, in Greek mythology, the twin sister of Apollo-is important, especially to Members of Congress, who will have to approve the $1.6 billion increase in NASA's Fiscal 2020 budget, that the administration is requesting.

Bridenstine also mentioned that additional money will not be taken out from any existing NASA programs. These include a new powerful rocket called the Space Launch System, or the SLS, as well as a new crew-carrying spacecraft called Orion.

NASA officials also made it clear that the space agency will work with aerospace companies and global space agencies but hasn't decided yet which companies it plans to use. "The dark tone suggests a surface roughened by the hard landing, which is less reflective than a clean, smooth surface", NASA officials said.

"Our goal here is to build a programme that gets us to the moon as soon as possible", Bridenstine told reporters on a telephone conference call late on Monday.


Mr Bridenstine has previously said President Trump's desire to put humans back on the moon by the year 2024 would provide an opportunity to test technology and capabilities before carrying out a mission to land on Mars by 2033.

With Apollo 11's 50th anniversary this year and renewed interest in the moon ahead of a proposed return mission, Zeigler said, that right time was now. Now, new pictures from the NASA spacecraft have shown images of the apparent crash site.

The US Apollo program, NASA's forerunner to the effort at returning humans to Earth's natural satellite, tallied six manned missions to the moon from 1969 to 1972.

A few hours later, Bridenstine found himself before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, talking up the Artemis moon plan. Six of them happened when the moon was nearly at the greatest distance from Earth in its orbit.

"We have now come out of the gate with a strong proposal".

"That is an extreme declaration and a charge that we are going to live up to at NASA".

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