NASA’s plan to ferry humans on the surface of the moon by the year 2024 faces a 58% financing shortfall in the federal bill of spending passed on Tuesday in the House of Representatives. This has kneecapped plans of the space agency for a run back to the surface of the moon.
As part of NASA’s bigger $22.6 billion budget, the makers of law reduced the $1.4 billion requested by the space agency to develop a moon lander down to $600 million. The shortcoming complicated the plans to take NASA astronauts on the moon surface by 2024. Mike Pence who is the vice president first proposed this idea in March.
The Online Space Policy noted that the budget of NASA includes nearly exactly the same amount of cash as requested by the administration. It added that with various priorities compared to the administration of Trump. Taking astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024 does not look like one of them. In a congress testimony this summer, Jim Bridenstine who is the NASA administrator confirmed not receiving any financial support for a moon lander could devastate the completely moon-landing mission dubbed as Artemis. This mission scheduled to land the first female astronaut on the lunar surface.
John Logsdon who is a space policy expert at George Washington University told Buzz Feed News that it is not yet dead but is in a worse condition. He added that no one is able to land on the moon’s surface without a lander.
In May, President Trump took to his official Twitter account and tweeted support for Artemis, with the estimated cost from $20 billion to $30 billion. The president also in a June tweet undercut the message saying that NASA should not be talking of going to the moon because America did that like 50 years ago.
With accordance to the budget, that still awaits anticipated passage by the Senate of the United States of America and a signature from Trump, only 40% of the approved fund for a moon landing and NASA would spend orbiting moon station until it delivers a detailed budget to Congress for Artemis in October.
At the hearing, Jose Serrano who is the NASA spending committee chair representative of New York showed little interest in financing a lunar landing driven by cycles of the political election instead of watching out for the person who is having a problem paying their rent or mortgage.