In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expresses confidence that bipartisan support from Congress will support efforts to accelerate a human return to the Moon. He spoke as congressional auditors warned that NASA’s major programs are facing cost and schedule challenges. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) completes pre-launch thermal vacuum testing. Japan advances efforts to collect a second sample from the asteroid Ryugu.
Human Space Exploration
Bridenstine says debate only beginning over funding 2024 return to the MoonSpaceNews.com (5/30): The price tag for accelerating a human return to the surface of the Moon from 2028 to 2024 is only beginning to emerge, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a meeting of NASA’s Advisory Council on Thursday. Bridenstine, looking to a legacy of bipartisan support from lawmakers for NASA initiatives, expressed confidence that Congress will provide the money to achieve the new goal.
GAO: NASA cost and schedule performance deteriorating
Spacepolicyonline.com (5/30): A range of major NASA programs are facing significant cost and schedule challenges, according to an audit from the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO), an arm of Congress. The issues could affect new NASA initiatives intended to accelerate a human return to the surface of ...