Bridenstine capped Monday's media call by announcing that NASA's latest lunar initiative would be named Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and of the moon in Greek mythology and the twin sister of Apollo. "Our astronaut office is very diverse and highly qualified".
"The first woman will be an American on the surface of the moon in five years", Bridenstine said in April during the Space Symposium conference in Colorado Springs.
Right now it's unknown who the first woman to ever walk on the moon's surface will be.
"It's really remarkable to see how data from almost 50 years ago and from the LRO 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", said Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Project Scientist John Keller.
"It's really remarkable to see how data from almost 50 years ago and from the LRO 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", said LRO Project Scientist John Keller of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Of all those components, only the Orion has flown in space, during an uncrewed test flight in 2014. But the first step is getting to the moon.
Vice President Mike Pence recently revealed the new deadline during a speech at the fifth meeting of the National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama, where he told an audience that the president wants astronauts to touch down on the lunar south pole by 2024. Bridenstine said during the call that he had not been briefed on what those budgetary offsets would be.
SLS and Orion: $651 million to accelerate development.
It also includes $132 million and $90 million respectively for key exploration technologies such as solar electric propulsion and devices that convert polar ice to water, as well as increased robotic exploration of the moon's polar regions.
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Watters and his team agree that more data is needed to confirm their finding, and hope that future missions to the moon will set up a high-quality network of seismometers and other equipment to determine if the moon is still restless.
It would be followed by a version that could bring people to the Moon along the same timeframe as NASA's proposed 2024 return, Mr Bezos said. China has also stated that it's vying to be the first space-faring nation to reach Mars. "And an ascent model that gets us back to gateway", Bridenstine said.
"Basically, the shorter the program is, the less time it takes, the less political risk we endure". That's why the moon is so valuable.
The White House did not agree to ask for "new" money for the accelerated lunar landing program.
NASA hopes that more exploration of the moon will help the U.S. establish a strategic presence in space and grow their global partnerships.
"We will see various reactions" from Congress, he said.
The increased funding request, comes nearly two months after Vice President Mike Pence declared the objective of shortening by four years NASA's previous timeline for putting astronauts back on the moon for the first time since 1972.
"They can build a lander that just integrates with the Gateway, robots, rovers, landers", he said. We want to be there, no kidding, by 2024.