Administrator Charles Bolden has stated that there are no plans to send Americans back to the Moon.
Instead, NASA will be focusing on their 2025 manned asteroid mission with the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars. "NASA will not take the lead on a human lunar mission," said Bolden at a joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. "NASA is not going to the moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime. And the reason is, we can only do so many things."
Bolden also emphasized that if the successor to Obama's administration makes any significant course changes in America's manned space program then "it means we are probably, in our lifetime, in the lifetime of everybody sitting in this room, we are probably never again going to see Americans on the moon, on Mars, near an asteroid, or anywhere. We cannot continue to change the course of human exploration."
"NASA chief Charles Bolden says the space agency won't be sending astronauts to land on the moon any time soon, according to press reports."
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