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NASA chief still hopeful to get more money for moon landing effort

Posted On: 10 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

NASA chief still hopeful to get more money for moon landing effort

File photo of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
House lawmakers this week proposed to fund NASA's human-rated lunar lander development program at less than one-fifth of the level the Trump administration wanted, but NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Wednesday the House budget bill is just the “opening salvo” in an appropriations process that now goes to the Senate.
The appropriations bill in the House of Representatives would approve $22.63 billion for the space agency in fiscal year 2021, the same budget NASA received for fiscal year 2020. The figure falls short of the Trump administration's request of $25.246 billion for NASA next year.
The difference in the House budget and the White House's proposed spending plan is largely in NASA's Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the moon before the end of 2024.
The White House asked Congress for $8.761 billion for deep space exploration systems development in 2021, including work on the Space...

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