In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lawmakers press NASA for Artemis Moon landing details. NASA’s first return to the Moon with astronauts, Artemis 3 is unlikely prior to late 2024.
Human Space Exploration
Skepticism abounds on Moon-by-2024 goal at House hearingCoalition Member in the News – BoeingSpacepolicyonline.com (9/18): Pressed by legislators Wednesday during a U.S. House Space Subcommittee hearing on the status of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), Orion and ground launch systems, Ken Bowersox, the agency’s acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations, raised doubt about efforts to accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon by 2024. Among his concerns was a lack of appropriations so far by the House and Senate on a $1.6 billion supplemental budget request by the White House for the 2020 fiscal year, much of it needed to develop commercial landers and ascent vehicles for the 2024 and subsequent human Moon landings. The 2020 fiscal year begins October 1, and Congress has not approved a spending plan.
NASA manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing by astronautsAssociated Press via ABC News (9/18): During testimony before the U.S. Space Subcommittee on Wednesday, Ken Bowersox, NASA’s acting associate administrator for human exploration ...