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08:41  15 may  2019
08:41  15 may  2019 Source:   gizmodo.com.au

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NASA said the moon is shrinking like a raisin, and experiencing 'moonquakes' that are cracking its brittle surface The moon's interior is cooling down, which has made it get about 150 feet "skinnier" over the last several hundred million years, NASA said on Monday. The agency said this was causing the moon to develop "wrinkles," and likened the moon's shrinkage to a grape shriveling into a raisin. Scientists also say this is causing the moon's surface to break, and producing "moonquakes." The agency also announced $US1.6 billion in extra funding to send the next man and first woman to the moon by 2024. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

NASA is requesting an additional $ 1 .6 billion in funding for next year to accelerate its manned mission to the Moon by 2024 , which the agency revealed will be titled Artemis, the New York Times reported on Monday. Per CNN, NASA emphasized that the agency plans to have the first female astronaut to set

US President Donald Trump has approved .6 billion in funding for fiscal year 2020 towards efforts to send a man and woman to the moon by 2024 , NASA Administrator Jim "The president has given our agency the bold charge to land the next man and the first woman on the lunar south pole by 2024 .

NASA Wants $2 Billion To Send First Woman To The Moon By 2024© Photo: Aubrey Gemignani/NASA, AP NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at a March address at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at Kennedy Space Center. (Photo: Aubrey Gemignani/NASA, AP)

NASA is requesting an additional $2 billion in funding for next year to accelerate its manned mission to the Moon by 2024, which the agency revealed will be titled Artemis, the New York Times reported> on Monday.

Per CNN, NASA emphasised that the agency plans to have the first female astronaut to set foot on the lunar surface on the Artemis crew. $1 billion of the request would go directly to the “commercial” lunar lander, CNN wrote, while $936 million would be allocated to the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and the repeatedly delayed Space Launch System, NASA’s in-house rocket program to replace the retired Space Shuttle.

NASA’s initiative to put a woman on the Moon is named Artemis, after Apollo’s twin sister

NASA’s initiative to put a woman on the Moon is named Artemis, after Apollo’s twin sister Oh my goddess

The Trump administration wants a new moonshot. NASA , a billion agency, now spends about .5 billion a year on the jumbo Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion capsule for delivering astronauts Bridenstine said the agency was pushing hard to launch the first SLS by 2020.

NASA officials on Monday evening unveiled an updated budget request to Congress, seeking more than $ 1 billion in additional funding in what they called a down payment to accelerate the return of astronauts to the moon by 2024 .

“Fifty years after Apollo, the Artemis program will carry the next man and first woman to the moon,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a press call.

The request is subject to congressional approval and, as the Times noted, follows Vice President Mike Pence’s March announcement-slash-threat that the White House wants NASA to have astronauts back on the Moon by 2024 instead of 2028 or face some kind of unspecified reorganization. The former date conveniently falls within a theoretical two-term, 77-78-year-old Donald Trump’s last full year in office (something Bridenstine acknowledged as lowering “political risk” that the project would be suddenly abandoned).

Trump himself first broke the news via Twitter.

NASA’s initiative to put a woman on the Moon is named Artemis, after Apollo’s twin sister

NASA’s initiative to put a woman on the Moon is named Artemis, after Apollo’s twin sister Oh my goddess

The Trump administration asked Congress on Monday to increase NASA spending next year by an extra $ 1 .6 billion as a "down payment" to NASA previously aimed to return crewed spacecraft to the lunar surface by 2028, after first putting a “Gateway” station into orbit around the moon by 2024 .

According to CNN, NASA is planning to send the first woman ever and the first man in nearly five decades to the lunar surface by 2024 . The announcement follows after Trump added USD 1.6 billion to NASA 's budget to return to space exploration. Trump has reportedly challenged NASA to land at

Somewhere in the neighbourhood of $316 million would also be set aside for the development of technologies crucial to expanding future U.S. lunar presence, the Times wrote:

NASA is also seeking $132 [$AU190] million for developing technologies like converting ice within craters at the moon’s poles to water and $90 [$AU129] million for robotic exploration of the moon.

Mr. Bridenstine said that even higher increases would be needed in future years and that NASA was still figuring how much that would be. He described the current request as a “down payment.”

That adds up to just under $2 billion, but NASA would offset some $462 million by shaving it off its prior request for $1,185 million to funding a lunar-orbiting space station named Gateway, another part of the Moon project. Bridenstine has said that project could be reduced to just two modules, ones for power and habitation.

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NASA plans to send the first woman to the moon in 2024 with the help from .6 billion funding increase in their budget from president Trump, the agency “No woman has ever walked on the lunar surface.” Trump announced his administration ’s request for funding on his Twitter page on Monday.

"The first woman will be an American on the surface of the moon in five years," he said. "That is an extreme declaration and a charge that we are going to live up to at NASA ." No specifics were offered, but there are several women in NASA 's astronaut corps, including two – Anne McClain and Christina

$2 billion is not a horde of treasure by federal government standards. But it does effectively reverse Trump’s prior 2020 budget request of $30 billion for NASA, which would have been a year-over-year decrease of $719 million. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine had already described the $30 billion request as sufficient to meet the 2028 date.

However, the lion’s share of the funding would come from unallocated money in the Pell Grant program, a financial aid program for low-income students, the Washington Post reported.

The White House says that the program has a surplus of $13 billion due to decreased enrolment and no students would see reduced assistance as a result, though critics have asserted for years that taking away reserve funds would endanger its long-term viability and leave it struggling if there is a surge in demand.

This poses the risk of jeopardizing Democratic support for the stepped-up effort, which was already far from guaranteed. There is likely to be ample suspicion that 2024 is not a realistic date and that Trump just wants to subsidise promises of another moon landing in his second term with government money.

NASA’s plan to get to the Moon by 2024 isn’t ready yet

NASA’s plan to get to the Moon by 2024 isn’t ready yet Congress would like to know why

"The first woman will be an American on the surface of the moon in five years," NASA Administrator Jim Birdenstine told a crowd at the Space NASA also wants to use the resources of the moon 's surface, including hundreds of millions of tons of hydrogen and oxygen, which can make rocket fuel.

NASA is planning on sending the first woman ever and the first man in nearly five decades to the moon by 2024 , thanks to an NASA has already spent at least .9 billion on the SLS, which was supposed to be ready by December 2017. In addition to the groundbreaking research, NASA hopes

As Ars Technica reported, some external estimates for the program have come in at $9 billion annually until 2024. Bridenstine has characterised that number as too high, but University of Colorado astrophysicist Jack O. Burns told the Times his estimate was that NASA actually needs $36 billion annually to launch in 2024.

Ars also noted that New York Representative José Serrano, who heads the House budget subcommittee in charge of NASA funding and is in his last term, has suggested in the past that the 2028 target is perfectly acceptable and that Trump is only accelerating the timeline so he can talk the project up before the 2020 elections.

The White House has also been rumoured to be considering pushing for a “continuing resolution” to maintain 2019 levels of federal spending through fiscal year 2020, then again request a short-term extension to maintain those spending levels through November elections, according to Axios. Administration officials believe that would position them to push for gigantic cuts in the first year of Trump’s second term, but it could also spell doom for a moon landing in 2024.

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