"To land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024, we are working through the acquisition approach for the various projects," NASA said in a statement.
"Our efforts will include new work at NASA centers to provide the key technologies and scientific payloads needed for the lunar surface, adding to efforts already underway across the country," the space agency said.
The new lunar project also got a $1.6 billion cash infusion with President Donald Trump’s announcement Monday that he submitted an amendment to the 2020 fiscal year budget request for the extra money "so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!"
"Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars," Trump said on social media.
The money will “help NASA implement a sustainable, open, long-term program of lunar exploration,” the agency said in a statement.
Congress still has to approve the budget.
In describing the new moon mission, Space Policy Directive -1, in 2017, NASA officials called it an "innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system."
NASA plans to send new science instruments and technologies to the moon ahead of a 2024 human flight and said on its website that could begin happening by the end of 2019.