NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine noted that "political risks" were often the biggest threat to NASA's work, especially before a crucial election.
By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 22 September 2020 10:45 IST
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The first flight, Artemis I, scheduled for November of 2021, will be unmanned
Barack Obama cancelled plans for a manned Mars mission
Artemis II will take astronauts around the Moon but will not land
Artemis III will be the equivalent of Apollo 11 in 1969
NASA on Monday revealed its latest plan to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024, and estimated the cost of meeting that deadline at $28 billion (roughly Rs. 2,05,787 crores), $16 billion (roughly Rs. 1,17,592 crores) of which would be spent on the lunar landing module.
Congress, which faces elections on November 3, will have to sign off on the financing for a project that has been set by President Donald Trump as a top priority. The $28 billion (roughly Rs. 2,05,787 crores) would cover the budgetary years of 2021-25.
In a phone briefing with journalists Monday on the Artemis mission to return human beings to the Moon, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine noted that "political risks" were often the biggest threat to NASA's work, especially before such a crucial election.
"The science that we would be doing is really very different than anything we've done before," said Bridenstine. "We have to remember during the Apollo era, we thought the moon was bone dry. Now we know that there's lots of water ice and we know that it's at the South Pole."