NASA astronauts are expected to return to the Moon in 2025 instead of 2024, according to an announcement by NASA director Bill Nelson.
NASA has prepared a plan to return two astronauts to the lunar surface as part of the Artemis Moon program by 2024, according to the goal of the former President’s administration. Donald Trump.
The Wall Street Journal reported that at a meeting on November 9, Nelson was asked if it was possible to put a man on the Moon next year. To answer this question, the NASA director stated that the Trump administration’s goal of landing in 2024 is not technically feasible.
According to Mr. Nelson, the COVID-19 epidemic and Blue Origin’s lawsuit have significantly affected the preparation for the Moon mission in 2024. When the lawsuit took place, NASA paused work related to the Moon mission in 2024. its lander, though SpaceX continues to work on it.Last week, a federal judge dismissed Blue Origin’s lawsuit and NASA was contacted to continue working with SpaceX. Jeff Bezos, president of Blue Origin, said in a tweet that his company will respect the judge’s decision.
NASA’s Artemis Moon Program is an effort to return astronauts to the Moon’s surface for the first time in decades, amid space technology competition with China. NASA leaders are expected to appoint a woman and a person of color as the first astronauts to return to the Moon.
NASA also faces other questions about sending a man to the Moon by 2024. The agency’s inspector general said in a report in August that the spacesuits it was developing development likely won’t be ready until 2025, making a Moon landing in 2024 unlikely.
NASA also plans to conduct an unmanned test of its launch system, using a space rocket that Boeing is overseeing as the agency’s main contractor. In 2024, astronauts will make a test flight but not land on the surface of the Moon, NASA officials said Nov.