In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA, White House leadership express concerns over achieving Congressional budget support for achieving an already challenging 2024 return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers. NASA leadership believes a so far successful SpaceX Demo-2 test flight to the International Space Station (ISS) with astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley could be extended into August.
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Pace, Bowersox worry about Atremis fundingSpacepolicyonline.com (6/10): Scott Pace, which chairs the National Space Council, and Ken Bowersox, NASA acting administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, expressed concerns Tuesday before two National Academy of Sciences’ panels about obtaining the funding increase and meeting technical milestones needed to achieve a White House directed 2024 return to the surface of the Moon with human explorers. NASA is seeking a 12 percent increase for the 2021 fiscal year that begins October 1. Further increases of that magnitude are unlikely, according to Pace, who believes NASA must work to transition oversight of International Space Station (ISS) based research and technology development to the private sector to become more efficient.
NASA anticipates August return for Hurley and BehnkenSpaceflightnow.com (6/9): Demo-2 astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will likely remain aboard the ...