Budget boost ‘good start’ to put astronauts on moon

Pablo Tucker
May 20, 2019

NASA has planned its first mission to send a woman onto the lunar surface, and this is a big win for feminists all over the world! The vice president then challenged NASA to get humans to the moon within the next five years and said the space agency must meet the new deadline by "any means necessary".

If it all works out, America will have an outpost on the way to Mars, quietly orbiting in the gravity between Earth and its Moon.

Astronaut James Irwin, lunar module pilot, gives a military salute while standing beside the USA flag during Apollo 15 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Hadley-Apennine landing site on the moon, August 1, 1971.

NASA's chief says the Trump administration's proposed $1.6 billion budget boost is a "good start" for putting astronauts back on the moon.

Speaking at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington DC, Mr Bridenstein said: 'I have an 11-year-old daughter and I want her to be able to see herself in the same way that our current very diverse astronaut corps sees itself.

Fifty years ago this July, two Americans left the first footprints in lunar dust.

The space agency administrator was speaking after US President Donald Trump announced an additional 1.6 billion dollars to go towards accelerating the lunar programme. He was the third man to walk on the moon.

Report from the seismometers positioned on the moon in the course of the Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16 missions revealed 28 moonquakes recorded between 1969 and 1977. His remark was directed toward motivating agency employees to communicate why this program-just named Artemis, in Greek mythology, the twin sister of Apollo-is important, especially to Members of Congress, who will have to approve the $1.6 billion increase in NASA's Fiscal 2020 budget, that the administration is requesting. That's a tight squeeze considering the amount of things NASA still has to get done.

Bridenstine said $651 million of the extra funding would go toward NASA's Space Launch System - the super-heavy rocket whose decade-long development led by Boeing Co has been hampered by delays and cost overruns - as well as design and construction of a new crew capsule called Orion. A team of researchers including Nicholas Schmerr, an assistant professor of geology at the University of Maryland, designed a new algorithm to re-analyze seismic data from instruments placed by NASA's Apollo missions in the 1960s and '70s.

Some members of Congress are already unconvinced: Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson noted the hypocrisy of pushing for more funding for a mission to the moon, while cutting science research at other agencies at a hearing earlier this month. Some of these trips will be made by privately built spacecraft; a number of companies, including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, are developing landers that could aid NASA's efforts.

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