The Trump administration set a goal to put astronauts on the moon by 2024, but NASA delayed the goal to 2025 earliest. While announcing the delay, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson explained that Congress did not provide enough money. The money is needed to develop the Artemis program which is a landing system for its Orion capsule.
Also, a legal issue with Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin stalled work and production for months. Officials at the agency also said the technology for new spacesuits needs to quickly ramp up before astronauts travel to the moon. The space agency is still planning to launch the first test flight of its moon rocket in February.
Nelson told reporters “the human landing system is a crucial part of our work to get the first woman and the first person of colour to the lunar surface, and we are geared up to go,… NASA is committed to help restore America’s standing in the world”
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