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Posted by: Mihaela Bucatari

News / International

24 Mar. 2019 / 15:14

NASA Gets $21 Billion Budget to Go Explore the Moon and Mars

The efforts made in recent years by NASA itself and a handful of private companies have reignited the Americans’ imagination and their desire to be the first to achieve important milestones in space exploration.

This week, NASA announced its fiscal year 2020 budget is $21 billion, a tad more (6 percent) than its requests last year. Enough money, the agency says, to continue with the programs meant to send humans back to the Moon and for the first time to Mars.

“This budget will build on our successes in low-Earth orbit to create a sustainable exploration campaign that combines NASA’s expertise with that of our commercial and international partners,” said in a statement NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

“We will continue ushering in a new era of human spaceflight as we launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil for the first time since 2011.”

The budget seems to be solid enough for the agency to go forward with most of its plans for the future. It’s enough to continue the development of new landers and robots for lunar missions, of the Space Launch System, Orion spacecraft, and Lunar Gateway.

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