Astronauts to moon in 2024 could cost $30 billion

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said that an estimated $20 billion and $30 billion over the next five years would be needed to put US astronauts back on the Moon in 2024.  For the whole program, to get a sustainable presence on the Moon between $20 and $30 billion. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, though noting that that figure does not include money already spent on the rocket and space capsule the agency plans to use for the program.

The cost is roughly the same as the Apollo 11 spaceflight of July 1969 when factoring in inflation. NASA is currently slated to receive more than $20 billion a year until 2024. Bridenstine told CNN that going to the moon would be vital in learning how to build a presence on another surface before attempting to reach Mars, where astronauts would have to stay much longer. 

He said, the reason the moon matters when you talk about going to Mars, Earth, and Mars are on the same side of the sun once every 26 months. That means when we go to Mars we have to be willing to stay for a period of two years. We don't want to have to learn how to live and work in another world for the first time on Mars, because the cost is too high.

Attention all music lovers! If you want the Universe to know your favourite song, Nasa’s latest offer is just for you. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is inviting all the aficionados to select a perfect playlist for its journey back to Moon, yup, you read it right! According to the submission from tweeted by Nasa’s Third Rock Radio, In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and our excitement to return to the lunar surface by 2024, we're accepting suggestions for which songs you think belong on our #NASAMoonTunes playlist! A spaceflight to the Moon is about 6 days round trip. If you were an astronaut, tell us a song you would listen to on the journey!

Nasa’s official website has also listed out the rules. They are
  1. Songs with explicit titles, lyrics and themes will not be accepted for addition to the playlist. NASA is for everyone – let’s make sure our playlist is too.
  2. Only songs published on official music streaming services at the time of the acceptance period will be added to the playlist. A user may not submit song lyrics or unpublished music from sites such as SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, MixCloud or other user-uploaded content websites.
  3. Only songs with the hashtag #NASAMoonTunes on Twitter and submissions via the above form will be accepted.
  4. Third Rock Radio has the flexibility to select which songs will air from the proposed list. There is no requirement or obligation to play any specific song from the playlist, and there is no guarantee that each song submitted will be aired live.
So, what are you waiting for, make your submissions  here.

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