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 vital 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 possibilities of NASA making its 2024 Artemis purpose are that a lot slimmer. That’s additionally discounting any attainable adjustments in priorities at NASA below the Biden administration. The brand new White Home has targeted a lot of its vitality on dealing on rapid crises just like the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing financial downturn. It might be reluctant to dedicate a lot (if any) consideration to a Moon touchdown till the nation is in higher form.