Congress Adds New Challenges To NASA’s Artemis Plan

Exploration Upper Stage
Congress added $320 million more than the White House requested for Boeing’s Space Launch System to NASA’s fiscal 2021 budget. Some of the funds will further development of a more capable upper stage for the heavy rocket, called the Exploration Upper Stage.
Credit: Terry White/NASA
Uncertainty surrounds NASA’s Artemis initiative as it heads into the new year, with the program facing cost and technical challenges to the Trump administration’s directive to return humans to the Moon’s surface by 2024 and go on to Mars by the 2030s. The 2024 deadline appears to have all but...

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