NASA puts a price on a 2024 Moon landing—$35 billion

A man speaks from a podium in a space vehicle factory.

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Administrator Jim Bridenstine discusses the FY 2021 budget proposal
during a State of NASA address, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at Aerojet
Rocketdyne’s facility at Stennis Space Center. (credit: NASA)

Nearly 10 months after Vice President Mike Pence directed NASA
to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, the space agency has
estimated how much its Artemis Program will cost. NASA says it will
need an additional $35 billion over the next four years—on top of
its existing budget—to develop a Human Landing System to get down
to the Moon’s surface from lunar orbit while also accelerating
other programs to make the 2024 date.

NASA’s human spaceflight chief, Doug Loverro, shared this number
Monday at Johnson Space Center, as the Trump White House released
its fiscal
year 2021 budget
. It calls for a big increase in NASA’s budget,
12 percent over last year’s budget request, with a top-line number
of $25.2 billion.

The biggest increase will go toward the Human Landing System,
$3.37 billion in fiscal year 2021 alone. NASA says, if funded by
Congress, this would mark the first time the United States has
directly spent money on a lunar lander since the Apollo program in
the 1960s. The human spaceflight budget also funds a small space
station in orbit around the Moon, called the Lunar Gateway.

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NASA puts a price on a 2024 Moon landing— billion