nasa said it would be “forced to land astronauts on the moon by the end of 2024.” The assessment of the Office of the Inspector General of the Agency is presented in a report dated November 12 and entitled Report for 2020 on the best challenges to the management and implementation of Nasa.
Initially, Nasa was working by 2028 to return astronauts to the moon, but in March 201
The report points to cost overruns and critical technology planning, such as the giant Space Launch System rocket and the Orion crew capsule. He also points out that Nasa will receive far less than half of the money it has asked to start developing a lunar landing.
However, the report described its pessimism, saying: “At least achieving any date close to this ambitious goal – and reaching Mars in the 2030s – will require strong, consistent, sustained leadership from the president, Congress and NASA, as well as stable and timely financing. “
President-elect Joe Biden’s Democratic Party has said it will “support NASA’s work to bring Americans back to the moon and beyond Mars,” but has not committed to 2024.