NASA’s Moon landing will likely be delayed ‘several years’ beyond 2024, auditors say

NASA’s Moon landing will likely be delayed ‘several years’ beyond 2024, auditors say


The Orion spacecraft for NASA’s Artemis I mission lifted above the Space Launch System at Kennedy Space Center | NASA/Frank Michaux

Last week, NASA announced that it was bumping back plans to send humans to the Moon from 2024 to 2025, but according to a new report, the delays could be even more significant. More realistically, such a landing will probably take place several years after 2024, the report claims.

The recent prediction comes from NASA’s Office of the Inspector General, which does periodic audits of the space agency’s various programs. In its latest report, the OIG took a comprehensive look at NASA’s Artemis program, the agency’s ambitious initiative to send people back to the Moon, as well as land the first woman and the first person of color on the lunar surface.

NASA created the Artemis program during the Trump administration. In 2019, then-Vice…

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