NASA is sending astronauts to the Moon and then on to Mars, in a measured, sustainable way.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sent a video message to agency employees Monday about the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget amendment, which will support accelerated plans to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024.

In the video, Bridenstine said: “The President has given our agency the bold charge to land the next man and the first woman on the lunar south pole by 2024. 

“President Trump has extended his vote of confidence in our work with an amended budget request for fiscal year 2020. 

“It includes $1.6b in additional funding. This investment is a down payment on NASA’s efforts and will allow us to move forward with design, development and exploration.” 

The direction from Space Policy Directive-1 builds on the hard work NASA is doing on its Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, agency efforts to enable commercial partners, its work with international partners at the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit, and what NASA learns from its current robotic missions at the Moon and Mars.