NASA plans to return astronauts to the moon by 2024, depending largely on whether it can get funding from Congress. At present, the space agency needs several billion dollars to achieve this task. If there is not enough funding, the task will eventually be postponed, and even if the funding is in place, technical obstacles could delay the date by several years. According to Ars technica, the space agency still does not have the funds to start the necessary work in 2021 to facilitate the lunar mission in 2024. In fact, it is about 12% below its budget. In 2021 alone, NASA will need an additional $3.2 billion to maintain manned missions in 2024. It’s a lot of money, and it’s not clear whether legislators are willing to approve it. < / P > < p > Congress has yet to agree on the budget for fiscal year 2021, which begins October 1. The current ongoing resolution will continue until early December. This decision may ultimately determine NASA’s plans, because failure to meet the required funding growth could mean a major setback. < / P > < p > NASA’s current plan is to have blue origin, SpaceX, and dynetics compete for the lunar lander with their own designs and bid for how much it will cost to achieve the lunar lander in 2024. This kind of competition between companies is good for NASA, because it should lead to the selection of the best option at the most reasonable cost. NASA director Jim bridenstine said reducing the number of companies involved is likely to be a bad idea. Global Tech