Speaking on Tuesday, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said President Trump’s boost to the agency’s budget provided a “good out-of-the-gate first start” for a return trip to the moon.
Bridenstine called the $1.6 billion-dollar budget “a very honest proposal from the administration, that keeps us all together, moving forward,” and said NASA hopes to send “the next man and the first woman” to the moon by the year 2024.
NASA’s new “Artemis” project bears the name of the twin to Apollo, the name of the USA’s first moon landing project.
While experts have generally lauded the Trump administration’s space efforts, Congressional Democrats’ continued obstruction and partisan targeting of Trump’s agenda items poses a threat to the latest NASA developments.
From The Hill:
“This is a good out-of-the-gate first start, a very honest proposal from the administration that keeps us all together, moving forward,” Jim Bridenstinesaid during an employee town hall.
The $1.6 billion in Trump’s budget is enough for 2020, he added. But more money will be needed in the years ahead to land “the next man and the first woman” at the south pole of the moon by 2024.
NASA’s new project in named Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, which was the name of America’s first successful moon mission.
The space agency wants its moonwalkers to reflect today’s more diverse astronauts, which is why they named the new program after Apollo’s sister, according to AP.
“I have a daughter, she’s 11 years old, and I want her to see herself in the same position that our current, very diverse astronaut corps currently sees itself, having the opportunity to go to the moon,” Bridenstine said. “In the 1960s, young ladies didn’t have the opportunity to see themselves in that role. Today, they do.”
Trump’s budget still needs congressional approval.