Then, in March, Vice President Mike Pens made a stunning message: NASA was geared to bring the American astronauts back to the moon's surface within five years with "all necessary means." This comeback will mark the first Moon crew mission since the Apollo program was completed almost five decades ago.
The person responsible for all this, NASA Administrator Jim Bridental, admits that his work has been interrupted for him.
A lot of things have to go right, "said Bridental in an interview with Rachel Crane of CNN Business. "There are technical risks, certainly, there is a risk to the budget, there is a risk of timing and, of course, the ultimate risk is that we put people on missiles, which is always dangerous."
"But," Brindstedin insisted, "It can be done.
A lot of the hardware that NASA needs to land the moon crew is either years behind millions of dollars over the budget, or they still do not exist, for example, the NASA's powerful new Space Launch System or SLS had to be ready for a test flight in 201
7 but is now slowing down at least until 2020. has so far cost at least $ 12.5 billion, and a report by government oversight on Wednesday revealed a surplus value of close $ 2 billion
NASA's list of tasks is also a small space station, Gateway, which the agency wants to use as a command center, and a moon that will carry astronauts from the gate to the moon's surface  Even if NASA solves these questions, it will still have to add billions of dollars to its budget to put boots on the Moon for only five years.
NASA's first estimate is Bridenstine said it would take an extra $ 4 billion up to $ 6 billion a year, in addition to the agency's 20 billion-dollar annual aid per year. who heads the Astralytical industrial research firm. "It's not rocket science, it's the hardest part," she said. "It's political science." On the other side of the path
Since taking office last April, Bridental was positioned as a non-party advocate of the study and received broad support in the space community. "It is important to make sure that this is an effort for the whole of America," Bridentalina said. "And we are committed to achieving this with the support of two parties."