PresidentÂ Trump wants to give NASA an additional $1.6 billion inÂ fiscal year 2020Â to support the mission to return humans to the moon’s surface byÂ 2024, Reuters reported Tuesday. The request comes as the administration expects an increase for the costs of the lunar mission after Vice President Mike Pence announced a shorter timeline for the project, which was originally planned for 2028.
If approved in Congress, the proposed increase would bring NASAâs total budget for FY20 to $22.6 billion. NASA said the majority of theÂ funding will go to research and development of a human lunar landing system.
NASA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Jim Bridenstine expressed confidence that Congress will support Trumpâs latest budget request.Â Bridenstine announced on Monday that NASAâs new lunar initiative will be namedÂ Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo and the goddess of the hunt and of the moon.