In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine cheers efforts to accelerate the return of human explorers to the surface of the Moon by 2024 in remarks before the Human to Mars Summit and in a town hall meeting with agency employees. A new model of the Martian water cycle may explain how the atmosphere was stripped away from the Red Planet.
Human Space Exploration
Bridenstine says $1.6 billion at “low end” of funding needed to keep 2024 lunar landing on schedule
SpaceNews.com (5/14): Accelerating a human return to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024 means reaching Mars with astronaut explorers could happen sooner than later, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told attendees at the 2019 Humans to Mars Summit. Bridenstine warned, however, that the that a $1.6 billion White House NASA supplement budget request presented to Congress late Tuesday is at the lower end of the financial “boost” that will be needed to achieve that goal established by the White House in late March, adding that if Congress does not support the request the risk to the overall effort will increase significantly.
Accelerating Moon landing to 2024 may make it more achievable, NASA chief says