Bill Nelson gives space agency 'thumbs up' during State of NASA address

Many folks have been wondering for decades when we would touch the lunar surface again. During Monday's 2022 State of NASA address from the Kennedy Space Center Administrator Bill Nelson said your 'wondering' days are almost over.

"That day is coming soon," Nelson said. "Because not long from now, right out there, on pad 39B, 8.8 million pounds of thrust will propel an uncrewed Artemis 1 into the heavens."

And then Nelson said Artemis will carry a crew to the moon.

"Our goal is to apply what we've learned living and operating on the moon and continue then out into the Solar System. Our plan is for humans to walk on Mars by 2040."

Nelson says President Biden is fully on board with this new era of space exploration and discovery. The president's proposed $26 billion budget for the space agency is 8% higher than last year's budget.

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