In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Congress seeks more information from NASA on the cost and milestones for reaching the Moon’s surface with human explorers in 2024, four years earlier than previous estimates. Boeing’s uncrewed CST-100 Starliner test launch to the International Space Station (ISS) moves from April to August. Mars may have water deep underground.
Human Space Exploration
Moon 2024 gets cool reception by House Committee democrats
Spacepolicyonline.com (4/2): In testimony Tuesday before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the agency will soon provide lawmakers with a new budget request, hopefully by April 15, devised to make possible the return of human explorers to the lunar surface by 2024, four years earlier than previous projections. The committee members sought details on cost and plans to achieve the goal that the administrator did not provide with his opening statement. The White House proposed a $500 million reduction in NASA’s 2020 budget request over the $21.5 billion appropriated for 2019.
NASA will ask Congress for more money to get to Moon in 5 years
Axios.com (4/2): NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine plans to request more money from Congress in order to meet the Trump ...