NASA and government officials spoke Monday about the future of the U.S. space agency and what its goals are for the years to come during a “State of NASA” address.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo, of Mississippi, spoke on the prospect of future missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.
The address happened at 1 p.m. at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. At the same time as the State of NASA address, the White House released its FY 2021 budget proposal for NASA. The proposal is submitted to Congress for approval.
Bridenstine said the $25.2 Billion proposal “fully funds” NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft.
President Donald Trump has directed Congress to fund NASA’s Artemis mission to the moon.
During his remarks Monday, Bridenstine also took the time to highlight recent achievements by NASA Astronaut Christina Koch. Her history-making mission on the International Space Station ended last week after 328 days in space. During her mission, she conducted six spacewalks, including the first all-female spacewalk with NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir.
NASA’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer Jeff Dewitt will speak about NASA’s FY 2021 budget proposal at 5 p.m.
That address will also air live on NASA TV and NASA.gov.