NASA's 2024 return mission to the moon is in serious financial trouble

2020-07-16

According to media reports, NASA will need a lot of money if it hopes to achieve a manned mission to the moon in 2024, but lawmakers aren't budging.NASA's budget proposal asked for nearly $5 billion, but the House of Representatives approved just over $1.5 billion, which may make a return to the moon impossible.NASA hopes the Senate will be more willing to raise its budget, but that remains to be seen.

The Trump administration has mandated that NASA must find a way to return humans to the moon by 2024, which is a big gamble. This decision has been condemned by many scientists and analysts because it is a very short timeline that not only requires NASA and its A tremendous effort by commercial partners and an incredible investment by the U.S. government was required.

Securing an adequate budget has proven difficult for NASA, even though the order to return to the moon was given directly from the top s, but the lawmakers who decide how much money NASA should get apparently don't see the value in returning to the moon. Now, as The Hill reports, a new bill detailing NASA funding falls far short of the Cash needed by space agencies to meet Moon 2024 commitments.

The U.S. government initially requested up to $4.7 billion for NASA's efforts to explore space. The money would help progress the Artemis mission, which includes a manned mission to the lunar surface. House lawmakers argued that budget was too high and cut funding to just $1.56 billion, which is far less than the 2024 The amount needed to get to the moon.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine provided a statement on the decision. "I want to thank the House Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee for its bipartisan support of NASA's Artemis program," Bridenstine said. "Providing $628.2 million for the Manned Lunar Landing System (HLS) is an important first step in this year's appropriations process. We have more work to do, and I look forward to working with the Senate to ensure that the United States has the resources in 2024 to allow the first woman and the The next male astronaut to walk on the moon."

Simply put, Bridenstine wants Senate lawmakers to be more supportive of the Artemis mission plan , and thus provide more cash to NASA. The budget is complex, subject to multiple amendments, and it is possible that the Senate could come up with more money for NASA's lunar exploration efforts in the future. It's also worth noting that the timeline for NASA's 2024 lunar exploration efforts is already tight, and any delay could result in a The date of the actual mission to return humans to the moon has been significantly delayed.


NASA's 2024 return mission to the moon is in serious financial trouble

It's also worth noting that the timeline for NASA's 2024 lunar exploration efforts is already tight, and any delay could result in a significant delay in the actual mission date to return humans to the moon.

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