We’re going back, back, back to the moon…hopefully soon! A new budget increase of 1.6 billion dollars to NASA has many within the organization saying that a return to the Moon is possible by 2024!

The space agency also revealed the new mission’s name will be Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon and twin sister of Apollo. NASA’s Apollo 11 mission succeeded in landing the first humans on the moon on July 20, 1969.

NASA released a statement, in which they outlined what would be needed to return to the Moon and possibly Mars in the coming years, saying that

“To land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, we are working through the acquisition approach for the various projects. Our efforts will include new work at NASA centers to provide the key technologies and scientific payloads needed for the lunar surface, adding to efforts already underway across the country.”

It’s all incredibly exciting, because nobody has walked on the moon since 1972. Doing some quick math, it’s been nearly 50 years since we visited our closest ally in the sky.

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