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Could Trump Really Make It to the Moon in 2024?

The administration has asked Congress to fund its Artemis program, a return to the lunar surface.
Source: NASA / JPL / USGS

On their last morning on the moon, the astronauts woke up to horns, trumpets, and thumping drums. They recognized the sound immediately—it was the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

“That was a great song,” Gene Cernan told Mission Control. “I think it’s very apropos at the moment.”

It was 1972, and Cernan was on humankind’s sixth odyssey to the surface. After three days of work on the rocky terrain, backed by surreal views, he and the other astronauts came home. No one has been back since.

Not for long, according to the Trump administration. President Donald Trump wants NASA to return astronauts to the surface of the moon in 2024. To get there, the president announced Monday that his administration will ask for another $1.6 billion in NASA’s budget for the coming fiscal year.

“Under my administration, in a tweet on Monday night.

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