NASA administrator says it will cost an extra $20 to $30 billion to send astronauts back to the Moon

NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine has finally revealed the total cost estimate for the space agency’s plan to put astronauts back on the Moon: $20 to 30 billion. That’s the extra money that NASA will need on top of the agency’s average annual budget to pull off this ambitious program, Bridenstine told CNN in an interview.

“It would be $20 to $30 billion on top of the normal NASA budget, but of course that would be spread over five years,” Bridenstine said in the interview.

This is the first time that anyone at NASA has revealed the full cost for the plan to put people on the lunar surface again — a program the agency has recently dubbed Artemis. NASA is aiming to put a crew on the Moon by 2024, after being challenged by Vice…

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