NASA fails again on Moon landing timetable
Space organizations such as NASA and private corporations such as SpaceX are working hard to establish a Mars exploration mission. Space scientists, though, agree that establishing a stable base on the moon is very critical for the Mars colonization mission to be carried out successfully. NASA plans to land astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024 as a first move to establish a colony on the moon.
376713 16: (FILE PHOTO) One of the few photographs of Neil Armstrong on the moon shows him working on his space craft on the lunar surface. The 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission is celebrated July 20, 1999.
Postponed Moon Launch
NASA has made considerable strides in forming the forthcoming Artemis mission under the leadership of Jim Bridenstine. Bridenstine may, however, step down if Joe Biden assumes charge of the White House, as the NASA president recently indicated.
And now an investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Space Agency has indicated that the timetable for the space agency to conclude the Artemis mission is impractical.
NASA will initially deploy the Gateway in early 2024. It consists of the Power and Propulsion Portion (PPE), which drives and propels the orbital spacecraft, and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), which provides crew members with a docking place for the Orion capsule and living and working spaces.
'The EPP and HALO production plans have been adversely affected by the Agency's continuing transformation of the Gateway specifications, including NASA's decision to co-manifest and deploy the two components on the same commercial rocket rather than separately as originally planned,' said the audit study.
According to the audit study, the Gateway that consists of a laboratory and will circle the moon will be more definitely be inaccessible by 2024, and as a result, the entire development of the project may be postponed.
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(Source: sciencetimes.com; November 16, 2020; https://tinyurl.com/y6g2z3bw)
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