NASA postpones the landing of astronauts on the moon for several years

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The General Inspectorate of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the need to postpone the date for the landing of astronauts on the moon. This is stated in the NASA inspection report.

“Given the time it will take to develop and complete full testing of the HLS and new spacesuits, we believe that the mission to land astronauts on the moon, scheduled for the end of 2024, according to NASA’s schedule, will be postponed for several years.” – says the inspection report.

According to NASA’s previous schedule, the first unmanned flight under the Artemis program (“Artemis”, the new US lunar program) was to take place in 2021. The second flight with a crew is planned in 2023, and the third mission, scheduled for 2024, involved landing man to the moon.

The dates for the Artemis program have also been shifted, the report said.

“Now that the components of the Artemis 1 mission are being integrated and tested at the Kennedy Space Center, we estimate that NASA will be ready to launch it by the summer of 2022, not by November 2021, as previously planned.” the message says.

Earlier in February, Acting NASA chief Steve Jurchik said the 2024 moon landing of American astronauts “no longer looks realistic” due to insufficient funding.

NASA does not have information on the exact cost of the program, emphasized in today’s report, but management intends to spend about $ 93 billion on it by 2025.

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