White House seeks $1.6B for Artemis moon program

Moon mission

An artist’s conception shows astronauts exploring the moon after landing. (NASA Illustratiion)

The White House is asking Congress for $1.6 billion more than the $21 billion it previously requested for NASA’s budget, to fund what’s now known as the Artemis program to put American astronauts on the moon by 2024.

“This initial investment, I want to be clear, is a down payment,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters today.

He and other NASA officials got on the line for a hastily called teleconference after President Donald Trump tweeted about the supplemental request.

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