Reality is setting in on an ambitious project to put astronauts back on the moon, which NASA says will cost tens of billions of dollars. According to a report from CNN, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency will need to summon between $20 billion to $30 billion throughout the next five years in order to hit its goal of landing in 2024. That amount would constitute a $4 to $8 billion increase over NASA's current budget which stands at $20 billion. NASA is beginning to come back down to Earth with its ambitious plan to put humans back on the moon as soon as 2024. Bridenstine's comments are the first time that NASA has given any indication of the'Artemis' mission's price since it was outlined in a space directive two years ago.
President Trump's pick to lead NASA is a congressman who wants to mine fuel from the moon and has denied human activity's role in climate change. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma, has been nominated by Trump to head the space agency. If confirmed by the Senate, Bridenstine would become the first elected official to lead NASA in its nearly six-decade history. "I look forward to working with a new leadership team, and the administration, on NASA's ongoing mission of exploration and discovery," said Robert Lightfoot, the agency's acting administrator.
The administrator of NASA is anticipating that the next person to visit the Moon -- and the first person who will visit Mars -- will be a woman. Speaking on "Science Friday," a weekly radio talk show, Jim Bridenstine said that a female will "absolutely" make mankind's first footsteps on the "red planet." In fact, it's likely to be a woman, the first next person on the Moon," Bridenstine said. "It's also true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman." The administrator said that "NASA is committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent," and added: "We're looking forward to the first woman on the Moon."
Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday unleashed a blistering attack against Jim Bridenstine, the Trump administration's nominee for NASA administrator, saying he not only lacks the technical and management experience but has been a partisan warrior whose behavior is an example of "why Washington is broken." During Bridenstine's confirmation hearing Wednesday, Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, accused Bridenstine, a conservative Republican congressman from Oklahoma, of being a climate-change denier, backing legislation that discriminated against the LGBT community and acting as a divisive force in Washington. "The NASA administrator should be a consummate space professional who is technically and scientifically competent and a skilled executive," said Nelson, who wields great influence over the space agency, in his written opening statement. "More importantly, the administrator must be a leader who has the ability to unite scientists, engineers, commercial space interests, policymakers and the public on a shared vision for future space exploration." He added: "Frankly, congressman Bridenstine, I cannot see how you meet these criteria."
The White House announced Saturday that President Donald Trump plans on nominating Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a Republican from Oklahoma, as NASA's next administrator. Bridenstine will replace the space agency's acting leader, Robert Lightfoot, who took control of NASA when Trump became president in January. Bridenstine, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, will need to be confirmed by the senate to become the agency's next administrator. In a statement, Lightfoot said he was "pleased to have Rep. Bridenstine nominated to lead our team." "Of course, the nomination must go through the Senate confirmation process, but I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition and sharing the great work the NASA team is doing," said Lightfoot.