CAPE CANAVERAL—When Vice President Mike Pence issued a challenge to NASA to land astronauts on the Moon in 2024, four years earlier than previously planned, he directed the agency to do so “by any means possible.” That missive sparked a sudden management shuffle on July 10, with longtime Associate Administrator Bill Gerstenmaier replaced by Deputy Associate Administrator Ken Bowersox, a former astronaut later hired by SpaceX to boost its Commercial Crew program. Bowersox ...

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