The Trump administration is seeking a big boost to NASA’s annual funding in order to fulfill its mission to put a man and woman on the moon by 2024. In its annual budget request released Monday, the White House asked Congress to allocate more than $25 billion for NASA in the 2021 fiscal year, with $12.4 billion earmarked specifically for the moon landing program. That would be another significant increase to the space agency’s financing. NASA’s annual budget is $22.6 billion for the 2020 fiscal year.
The document also maps out a series of future budget bumps for NASA that would raise its annual budget to $26.3 billion in fiscal 2025. There are no guarantees that Congress will comply with the administration’s request. NASA chief Jim Bridenstine has said the moon mission will serve as a stepping stone to the eventual exploration of Mars.