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NASA’s Langley Research Center takes part in virtual town hall

The president said that he was updating the budget to include an additional $1.6 billion to NASA.

HAMPTON, Va. — NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton took part in a virtual town hall to discuss the President's budget to land the first woman and the next American man on the moon by 2024.

On Friday in a tweet, the president said that he was updating the budget to include an additional $1.6 billion to NASA.

According to NASA, initial cost estimates for Project Apollo were about $20 billion, which would be about $150 billion in 1992 dollars accounting for inflation.

The town hall was hosted by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine from NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. Langley’s center director, Dr. David Bowles, is also made a presentation.

"We already had a plan for the moon, so it's not like we were starting from scratch," David Bowles said.

The plan is to send a man and a woman to the moon's south pole.

Bowles said he is pleased his scientists and engineers will play a key role in making what will be called the "Artemis" project happen, just as they did for the Mercury, Gemini, Appollo, Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions.

"It's a sustainable thing. It's not a one and done," Bowles said. "It's not going there in 2024, and that's it. It's getting there in 2024 then build a sustainable presence and stay there. Because there's lots of things we can do on the moon, lots of science we can do on the moon, lots of understanding of our own solar system, and then on to Mars."

The newly sought funding is in addition to the $21 billion already requested by NASA for the fiscal year that begins in October. There have been no details on where the money would come from.

It'll be up to Congress, which has until midnight September 30 to pass the Fiscal year 2020 budget.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.