Lucas Backs Trump Administration Plan to Land Astronauts on Moon in 2024


WASHINGTON (Frank Lucas PR) — House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas commented in support of the Administration’s proposed NASA budget amendment to once again land human on the Moon by 2024.

“America has long been the preeminent power in space but we’re facing more and more competition as other nations propose bold exploration plans,” Lucas said. “The President and Vice President’s challenge to land on the Moon by 2024 reflects the urgent need for American leadership in space – it’s an ambitious challenge but one I fully support and urge the American people to get behind. For too long U.S. space exploration has been plagued by both a lack of a bold vision and a long-term commitment to see ideas through to execution. Returning to the Moon is a national priority not only because it can help us learn more about our own planet, but because it will allow us to explore its resources and conduct groundbreaking research. It will help us develop and test the technology and life-support required for our most ambitious goal to date: sending humans to Mars.”

Lucas continued, “I commend the Administration for putting forward an initial plan that is budget neutral and technically feasible and gives NASA the down payment to send Americans to the Moon by 2024 without jeopardizing other critical missions. As NASA acknowledges, more information and more funding will be needed to make this goal a reality, and we’ll be reviewing those details as they become available. We must stay the course on this mission and I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues and the Administration to make both the initial and long-term investments necessary to send American astronauts to the Moon and ultimately Mars.”

  • Cluebat Vanexodar

    Better squat on the polar highlands before the Chinese or some tech mogul does. In fact, if you work with the tech tycoons you may be able to have assets near enough to each other to assist in an emergency.

  • Paul_Scutts

    Being a Republican, his support is natural enough. To see some Democratic support for this plan would be so much better.

  • Andrew_M_Swallow

    People are claiming because the 2020 budget bill does not contain money for the Moon mission that Artemis is over. If both houses of Congress hold more meetings on the 2024 Moon landings then Artemis will have its own money bill. This mini-bill will provably get merged into the full budget in the winter.

  • duheagle

    The House has had its say, but we have yet to hear from the Senate. Then there will be the inevitable conference committee to hammer out the real budget – assuming there winds up being one and not just another continuing resolution.

  • Robert G. Oler

    there is no political support for this stupid program…

  • Robert G. Oler

    why

  • Robert G. Oler

    there is no political support because 1) the deal is to Tumpian, ie high on PR and little other value and 2) the Congress sees another “space station” that once built they have to keep paying for with no real return on the effort