Nasa dubs 2024 Moon mission 'Artemis,' asks for $1.6 billion

  • Nasa dubs 2024 Moon mission 'Artemis,' asks for $1.6 billion

Nasa dubs 2024 Moon mission 'Artemis,' asks for $1.6 billion

President Trump announced Monday that he is adding $1.6 billion to NASA's budget "so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!".

"This initial investment, I want to be clear, is a down payment", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters today. Unlike Earth, the moon doesn't have tectonic plates, instead, the moon's tectonic action takes place as the moon slowly loses heat from its formation, which occurred about 4.5 billion years ago, and this heat loss causes the moon's interior to get smaller, crinkle the lunar surface, and form distinctive features, including those pointed out in the study.

Now, 50 years later, NASA has planned to send the first woman to the Moon in a manned lunar mission in 2024.

This is to be accomplished, in part, by allowing commercial partners to integrate the lander, rather than delivering the elements to NASA centers for integration. "That is an extreme declaration and a charge that we are going to live up to at NASA".

But at a recent Congressional hearing, Bridenstine disputed that. "I think there's a lot of excitement on both sides of the aisle", he said.

Bridenstine announced on Monday that the mission has a name: Artemis.

NASA landed 12 men on the Moon over six Apollo missions. "Our astronaut office is very diverse and highly qualified".

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched in 2009 and has been sending images of the surface since 2010, came to the rescue. The redesigned Gateway will consist of a power and propulsion element, or PPE, and a mini-habitat also known as a utilization module.

For starters, there will be a seat on the 2024 lunar mission specially reserved for a woman, the first to ever walk on the Moon. NASA is aiming for 2020 for an uncrewed test flight and 2022 with astronauts on board the Orion spacecraft-which is named after the giant huntsman. Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt had to zig-zag their lunar rover up and over the cliff face of the Lee-Lincoln fault scarp during the Apollo 17 mission that landed in the Taurus-Littrow valley in 1972. Bridenstine said during the call that he had not been briefed on what those budgetary offsets would be. It would increase science funding by $90 million.

"It's really remarkable to see how data from almost 50 years ago and from the [orbiter] mission has been combined to advance our understanding of the Moon while suggesting where future missions intent on studying the Moon's interior processes should go".

And Mr Trump said he would push for NZ$303.5 million for Army Corps of Engineers restoration work in the Florida Everglades this year, calling on Congress "to help us complete the world's largest intergovernmental watershed restoration project ASAP!" The video covers moon landing efforts, but also the concept of an orbital Deep Space Gateway as a stepping stone to Mars.

"The important thing is that we got what we requested", he said. "The moon is a three-day journey home, so if something goes wrong, we know we can make it home". That's why the moon is so valuable.

NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, Bill Gerstenmaier, said the architecture for the Artemis program would be open to commercial and worldwide partners.

"We will see various reactions" from Congress, he said. Just five years from now, NASA will send one woman and one man back to the moon, landing on the lunar body's south pole.