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NASA pushes manned Moon landing back to 2025

November 10, 2021 | Comment icon 5 comments

The next 'small step' for mankind is still coming... Image Credit: NASA
The space agency's ambitious plan to land humans on the Moon within 3 years has been delayed.
Back in 2019, Vice President Mike Pence announced that US astronauts would walk on the lunar surface within a mere 5 years through NASA's ongoing Artemis program.

Since then, however, things haven't exactly gone to plan.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the new spacesuits that would be worn by the astronauts during their trip to the Moon would not be ready in time, making the 2024 deadline seem unlikely.

Things went from bad to worse when a lack of funding, coupled with a legal dispute between NASA, SpaceX and Blue Origin, also delayed the completion date of the new lunar lander.

As expected, therefore, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has now confirmed that the mission to land astronauts on the lunar surface has been pushed back to 2025 at the earliest.
"Returning to the Moon as quickly and safely as possible is an agency priority," he said.

"However, with the recent lawsuit and other factors, the first human landing under Artemis is likely no earlier than 2025."

The legal issues stemmed from NASA awarding the contract to build the lunar lander to SpaceX, a decision that Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos hotly contested because he argued that NASA had previously stipulated that the contract would be awarded to more than one bidder.

The decision to award it solely to SpaceX ultimately came down to an unexpected funding shortfall.

Not all is lost, however, as the first uncrewed test mission of NASA's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) is still scheduled to take place sometime next year.

We should still also see a manned Moon landing in the not-too-distant future - it will simply take a little longer than NASA had previously anticipated.

Source: BBC News | Comments (5)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 27 days ago
Thanks a lot Bezos!  Dumb-ass 
Comment icon #2 Posted by ChrLzs 27 days ago
If only our Occupational Health & Safety regulations were like they were in the 1960's, I'd reckon they could do it in a quarter of the time.  Prolly lose a few astronauts along the way getting it right, though.  RIP Gus, Ed, Rog....
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hammerclaw 27 days ago
SpaceX may not wait for NASA to land on the moon. NASA's old fashion "spread the wealth" procurement philosophy is excruciatingly slow, involving too many parties, woefully inefficient and way too expensive. If it was NASA developing Starship, it would still be on the drawing boards.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 27 days ago
They will probably nail it before them but maybe they will wait so they keep them of being humiliated to keep sweet contracts possibilities. You don't kill the cow that feed you.
Comment icon #5 Posted by IronGhost 26 days ago
I see that the permission humankind needs from the aliens to return to the moon has not come through yet. (We're quarantined to LEO, Low Earth Orbit, until we scrap our dabbling with nuclear weapons. The modern UFO era began after we used nukes in World War II). Robotic missions going deeper into the solar system on peaceful missions doing pure science are still okay.  If you think that's unbelievable, then you probably believe a lawsuit with Jeff Bezos is single-handedly enough the stymie the space ambitions of an entire nation.

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