NASA's chief said Tuesday that the agency's proposed funding increase in President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE's budget is a “good start” for returning to the moon, the Associated Press reported.
“This is a good out-of-the-gate first start, a very honest proposal from the administration that keeps us all together, moving forward,” Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineSpaceX all-civilian crew returns to Earth, successfully completing 3-day mission SpaceX all-civilian crew calls Tom Cruise from space How will Biden's Afghanistan debacle impact NASA's Artemis return to the moon? MORE said during an employee town hall.
The $1.6 billion in Trump's budget is enough for 2020, he added. But more money will be needed in the years ahead to land “the next man and the first woman” at the south pole of the moon by 2024.
NASA's new project in named Artemis, the twin sister of Apollo, which was the name of America's first successful moon mission.
The space agency wants its moonwalkers to reflect today’s more diverse astronauts, which is why they named the new program after Apollo’s sister, according to AP.
“I have a daughter, she’s 11 years old, and I want her to see herself in the same position that our current, very diverse astronaut corps currently sees itself, having the opportunity to go to the moon,” Bridenstine said. “In the 1960s, young ladies didn’t have the opportunity to see themselves in that role. Today, they do.”
Trump's budget still needs congressional approval.