In Today’s Deep Space Extra… The cost and schedule of Artemis, the White House directive that NASA return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers by 2024, continues to draw scrutiny. John F Kennedy Presidential Library “Space Summit” begins at 9:00 am with an address by Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg. Launched a decade ago, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is proving a valuable resource for establishing an exploration agenda.
Human Space Exploration
Government watchdog says cost of NASA rocket continues to rise, a threat to Trump’s Moon missionWashington Post (6/18): NASA continues to face cost increases with the development of the Space Launch System (SLS), a critical component of Artemis, the White House directive to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024. The Post story, which is based on an advanced look at an audit report expected to be released Wednesday, says Artemis 1, the uncrewed first test flight of the SLS may slip to June 2021. The auditors also expressed concern for the cost of developing the Orion crew capsule.
JFK Space SummitThe John F Kennedy Presidential Library is livestreaming an all-day event in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, featuring ...