U.S. aims for humans on Moon in five years

Olive Hawkins
March 30, 2019

He wants Americans back on the moon by 2024.

Moving the deadline up would require a "major course correction for NASA", said Pence. Rather than aiming for its previous 2028 date, NASA has been directed to get American astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, and the agency's administrator has released a positive statement about the ambitious goal. For decades, NASA has flip-flopped between the moon and Mars, a victim of changing presidential administrations. The council unites the interests of groups working on commercial, scientific, and national security space operations from a policy perspective.

He also added that this time a woman astronaut will be part of the mission.

With a view to delays in the development of the new rocket, the SLS (Space Launch System) had accused the Vice-President of Nasa in his speech, lack of commitment and bureaucratic inertia.

In order to realise the country's goal of returning to the moon, the Vice President called for the formation of a new directorate, the Moon to Mars Mission Directorate.

"It's a tennis match", said Keith Cowing, editor of NASAWatch.com. We will let you know when we hear back. "We can expand our technology, and it's a great way to get new technology, so there are lots of reasons to go back to the moon", said Belmont.

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The Council is an inter-agency board that includes the secretaries of state, defense, commerce, transportation and homeland security, the head of the government's intelligence community, the NASA administrator, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other Trump administration officials - many of whom were in attendance for the meeting. "My hope is that there is no "back to the moon" with special emphasis on national interests, such as 50 years ago, but that we "go forward to the moon" in global cooperation".

NASA is already using commercial partners to get lunar payloads to the moon with it's CLPS program - one of those companies bidding for a contact is Cape Canveral-based Moon Express.

But on Tuesday, he expressed confidence that the SLS, or Space Launch System, would be ready for the job.

- The United States will engage with worldwide partners to enable a sustainable lunar exploration and development program.

"Regardless of what path we end up pursuing, I think Florida is in a really good position to support and thrive regardless of what direction we go", said Ketcham.

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