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Today’s Deep Space Extra

25 Sep 2019, 16:29 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is campaigning hard to return human explorers to the lunar surface in 2024. A Senate bill offers an increase over 2019 levels as Congress works toward a final NASA budget. An international crew made up of U.S., Russian and United Arab Emirates (UAE) astronauts is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) this morning.
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NASA is trying to land on the Moon. The biggest challenge might be CongressWashington Post (9/24): NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, a former Oklahoma congressman, is campaigning hard to win support among lawmakers for an accelerated effort to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024, a four year advance put forth by the White House in March. So far, the House has rejected a $1.6 billion down payment to kick off the Artemis initiative in 2020. The Senate is partially on board. Many lawmakers are awaiting an estimate of the total cost of the accelerated lunar return, which NASA is promising as part of its 2021 budget submission. Bridenstine, meanwhile, is traveling the U.S., meeting with lawmakers in their home districts as well as Washington, and lining up new ...

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