US government wants to send astronauts to the moon sooner than planned

US government wants to send astronauts to the moon sooner than planned

Actually stood at NASA until 2028, a new moon landing on the calendar: Now, according to US Vice President Mike Pence will be clearly preferred. The Nasa boss is pleased – he owes his post Donald Trump.

The US government wants the words of Vice President Mike Pence still within five years American astronauts to the moon send. It was time to double efforts to complete such a mission, Pence said Tuesday (local time) in Huntsville, Alabama. But the US would need to increase the pace.

Currently, the Nasa have a earliest possible moon landing planned for 2028. But should the space agency not be able to bring US astronauts to the sole natural satellite by 2024, “we need to change the organization, not the mission,” he warned. NASA must transform itself into a leaner, more transparent and agile facility and prescribe an all-man-on-board mentality .

If necessary, promote with companies

At the same time, Pence acknowledged that in addition to competence, funds were also needed to implement the lunar mission earlier. If necessary, Nasa rockets and landing craft could be replaced by equipment from private companies.

Nasa boss Jim Bridenstine assured via Twitter that the space agency would do anything to meet the deadline. “Challenge accepted. Now let’s get to work, “he wrote.

Bridenstine used to be a politician and came to the post with the Trump administration. The Republican was initially under criticism for denying climate change – which he has since revised. In addition, the former Oklahoma Congressman has no scientific or technical background.

Experts were skeptical about whether the new plan can succeed. Finally, a lunar lander will have to be designed, built and tested, said Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Even without political struggles over the budget this would be a great challenge for a time frame of five years.

In summer, the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing is on. Since the last Apollo mission to the Moon in 1972, no country has made a serious attempt to return astronauts to its surface.