The setback doesn’t come as a shock. Congress solely gave NASA’s Human Touchdown System mission $850 million in its newest spending invoice versus the $3.2 billion it stated was needed for the deliberate 2024 Moon landing. it doesn’t assist that NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine left as President Biden took workplace, leaving his deputy Steve Jurczyk in his place. The group simply doesn’t have the assets or route it was anticipating.
As such, the probabilities of NASA making its 2024 Artemis aim are that a lot slimmer. That’s additionally discounting any attainable modifications in priorities at NASA underneath the Biden administration. The brand new White Home has targeted a lot of its power on dealing on fast crises just like the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing financial downturn. It might be reluctant to commit a lot (if any) consideration to a Moon touchdown till the nation is in higher form.