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Today’s Deep Space Extra

14 Nov 2019, 14:46 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… A White House directive that NASA accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon by 2024 may be too technically complex, and one that Congress has been too slow to fund, NASA veterans and a current executive cautioned on Wednesday.
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“Unambiguous goal” still needed for Moon/MarsCoalition Member in the News – Boeing, Lockheed MartinSpacepolicyonline.com (11/13): During a hearing Wednesday before the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s space subcommittee, retired Apollo era astronaut Tom Stafford and Tom Young, a retired NASA and Lockheed Martin executive and veteran space advisory panel chair, cautioned that a White House directive that NASA accelerate a human return to the surface of the Moon in 2024 is too technically complex. NASA is to establish a sustained presence to prepare for missions to Mars. Funding is also an issue. The White House in May asked Congress for an additional $1.6 billion to kick off the lunar return, but the administration has not provided lawmakers with a formal estimate of the total cost. The House has not responded to the $1.6 billion supplement request and the Senate has only partially. Though the 2020 fiscal year began ...

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