(CNN) -- NASA is planning on sending the first woman ever and the first man in nearly five decades to the moon by 2024, thanks to an additional increase to the agency's budget by President Trump.
Only 12 humans, all male have ever walked on the moon and they were all American, according to Bettina Inclán, NASA Communications Director.
Trump announced Monday that he is adding $1.6 billion to NASA's budget "so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!"
The budget increase is on top of the initial $21 billion budget request from NASA to accelerate the return to the lunar surface.
One billion dollars of the budget will go directly to the development of a commercial human lunar system that will take humans to the moon's surface.
NASA hopes that more exploration of the moon will help the US establish a strategic presence in space and grow their international partnerships.
In addition to the groundbreaking research, NASA hopes that this new exploration will inspire the next generation of scientists.
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